Martha May Eliot

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Martha May Eliot


United States

Birth - Death

1881 - 1978




Medical doctor who was the architect of the New Deal's programs regarding maternal and child health. Assistant Director of the World Health Organization (WHO, 1949-1951). Professor at Yale University (1921-1935). Named chief of the Children's Bureau (1951), a federal health agency, by President Truman. First female member of the American Pediatric Society and the first woman to become president of the American Public Health Association. American Pediatric Society awarded Eliot its highest honor, the John Howland Award (1967). The Martha May Eliot Award is named in her honour and awarded by the American Public Health Association. Partner was Ethel Collins Dunham.

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