The call to the nurse is not only for the bedside care of the sick, but to help in seeking out the deep-lying basic causes of illness and misery….
– Lillian Wald, 1915
Like other social reformers of her time, Wald believes that good health is rooted in a healthy environment. To improve people’s lives, the Settlement has to tackle poverty’s roots.
The Four Branches of Usefulness
As its work expands, Henry Street impacts not just the neighborhood but the nation. From its base at 265 Henry Street, the Settlement operates “four branches of usefulness”: visiting nursing, social work, country work, and civic work.
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