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tion of Tuberculosis: 207 State Street.
Syracuse: Social Hygiene Committee, Onondaga Health Association: Chairman,

Rabbi Irwin I. Hyman; Secretary, Arthur W. Towne, Loew Bldg., 108 W.

Jefferson Street.
Troy: Social Hygiene Committee, Rensselaer County Tuberculosis and Public

Health Association: Chairman, Mrs. G. N. Patrick, P. 0. Box 634.
Utica: Social Hygiene Committee, Oneida County Tuberculosis and Health Asso-
ciation: Executive Secretary, George M. Shahan, 219 Genesee Street.
Walton: Social Hygiene Committee, Delaware County Tuberculosis and Health

Association: Secretary, Elsie F. Gudger.

Warsaw: Social Hygiene Committee, Wyoming County Committee on Tubercu-
losis and Public Health: Executive Secretary, Mrs. E. E. Rowe.
Waterloo: Social Hygiene Committee, Tuberculosis and Public Health Committee

of Seneca County: Executive Secretary, Honoria McDonald, 36 East Main

Watertown: Social Hygiene Committee, Jefferson County Tuberculosis and Public

Health Association: Secretary, Gertrude F. Baker, 509 Jefferson County

Bank Bldg.


Watkins Glen: Social Hygiene Committee, Schuyler County Tuberculosis and
Health Association: Chairman, Irving T. Goodrich, 207 North Jackson Street.

White Plains: West Chester Tuberculosis and Public Health Association, Inc.:
Executive Secretary, Mrs. Susan M. Baker, 8 Church Street.

Wellsville: Sub-Committee on Social Hygiene, Allegany County Public Health
and Welfare Association.

Yonkers: Social Hygiene Committee, Yonkers Tuberculosis and Health Asso-
ciation: Executive Secretary, Mrs. Marie F. Kir wan, 20 South Broadway.

Other Voluntary Agencies

American Legion: Department Adjutant, Maurice Stember, 305 Hall of Bee-
ords, New York City.

Kiwanis International:*

Lions International:*

Medical Society of the State of New York: President, George W. Cottis, MJX,
Jamestown; Secretary, Peter Irving, M.D., 292 Madison Avenue, New York.

New York Conference on Social Work: Secretary, Mrs. Mary B. Holsinger, 112
State Street, Albany.

New York Congress of Parents and Teachers: President, Mrs. Carl E. Brister,
79 E. Genesee Street, Auburn; Social Hygiene Chairman, Mrs. Philip Keimherr,
286 6th Avenue, N. Troy.

New York Federation of Women's Clubs: Chairman Public Welfare, Mrs. Marie
F. Kirwan, 20 S. Broadway, Yonkers.

New York Junior Chamber of Commerce: President, Ed Stephens, 1230 Tinton
Avenue, Bronx.

New York Nurses Association: Executive Secretary, Emily J. Hicks, 152 Wash-
ington Avenue, Albany; Chairman, Public Health Nursing Section, Clara Chit-
wood, 675 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo.

New York State Council of Federated Church Women: President, Olive E.
Eberling, 1520 Ontario Ave., Niagara Falls.

New York State Teachers Association: Deputy Superintendent of Schools, Wil-
liam J. Small, Niagara Falls; Secretary, Arvie Eldred, 152 Washington Avenue,

New York Woman's Christian Temperance Union: Headquarters, 156 Fifth
Ave., New York City. In charge, Miss Helen G. H. Estelle; President, Mrs.

D. Leigh Colvin, 605 West 184th St., New York City.
Rotary International:*

United Service Organizations, Regions II and III: Executive, Harold B. Allen,
1630 Empire State Bldg., New York City.

Official Agencies

National Youth Administration, Region I: See Massachusetts.

New York City Defense Council: Secretary, David S. Meiklejohn, 60 Broad-
way, New York.

New York State Council of Defense: Secretary, Thomas L. F. Corcoran, State
Capitol, Albany ; Vice chairman, Lieut. Gov. Charles Poletti, same address.

New York State Department of Education: Commissioner of Education, Ernest

E. Cole, Albany; Director, Health and Physical Education Division, Hiram
A. Jones.

New York State Department of Health: State Commissioner of Health, Ed-
ward S. Godfrey, M.D., Albany; Director, Division of Syphilis Control, W. A.
Brumfield, Jr., M.D. On leave for Army duty. Assistant Director, J. H.
Lade, M.D.

Clinics or Cooperating Clinicians at:

Albany (3), Amsterdam, Auburn, Bath, Beacon, Binghamton, Brooklyn (18),
Buffalo (6), Cambridge, Camillus, Canastota, Cobleskill, Coeymans, Cohoes,
Corning, Cortland, Dunkirk, East Kingston, East Eochester, Elmira, Elmont,
Endicctt, Far Eockaway, Flushing (2), Freeport, Fulton, Geneva, Glen Cove,
Glens Falls, Gloversville, Gouverneur, Greenburgh, Hornell, Hudson, Hudson

* See page 239 for national headquarters.


Falls, Ithaca, Jamaica (2), Jamestown, Johnson City (2), Johnstown, Kenmore,
Kingston, Lackawanna (2), Lawrence, Little Falls, Lockport, Long Island City,
Malone, Mamaroneck, Middletown, Mineola, Montieello, Mount Vernon, New-
burgh, New Kochelle, New York City (59), Niagara Falls, North Tonawanda,
Norwich, Ogdensburg, Olean, Oneida, Oneonta, Ossining, Oswego, Peekskill,
Plattsburg, Port Chester, Poughkeepsie (2), Eochester (6), Rome, Salamanca,
Saranac Lake, Saratoga Springs, Schenectady, Sodus, Staten Island (3), Syra-
cuse, Tarrytown, Tonawanda, Troy (2), Tupper Lake, Utica, Valhalla, Warsaw,
Watertown, Watkins Glen, Wellsville, Whitehall, White Plains, Yonkers.

New York State Department of Social Welfare: Commissioner, David C. Adie,

Social Protection Section, Office of Defense Health and Welfare Services,
Region II: Representative, Eileen McGrath, 11 West 42nd Street, New York

U. S. Army, Second Corps Area: Headquarters, Governor's Island: Venereal
Disease Control Officer, Captain Lyman Duryea, MC.

TJ. S. Department of Agriculture, Extension Service: State Extension Director,
L. B. Simons, New York State College of Agriculture, Ithaca; State Home
Demonstration Leader, Mrs. Euby Green Smith.

U. S. Navy, Third District: Commandant, Headquarters, Third District, New
York City; Venereal Disease Control Officer, Lt. Comndr., M. Wishengrad.

U. S. Office of Education, Civilian Morale Service: To receive material for
War Information Centers, Jane Hawkins, Adelphi College, Garden City; Euth
P. Greene, Alfred University, Alfred; J. V. Garland, Colgate University,
Hamilton; Sidney Ditzion, College of the City of New York; Frank N. Jones,
South Hall, Columbia University, New York City; Edward K. Graham, Cornell
University, Ithaca; Eev. Charles J. Doane, Fordham University, New York
City; Nelson W. McCombs, Washington Square, New York University, New
York City; J. Gordon Farrell, Niagara University; Mrs. Eulin K. Hobbie,
Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs; Dr. Herbert A. Bloch, St. Lawrence
University, Canton; Wharton Miller, Syracuse University; Helmer L. Webb,
Union College, Schenectady; Dr. Charles Abbott, University of Buffalo;
John E. Eussell, University of Eochester; Fanny Borden, Vassar College,

U. S. Public Health Service: Director, District I, Senior Surgeon Balph C.
Williams, Sub-treasury Building, 15 Pine Street, New York City; Liaison
Officer, Second Army Corps Area, Senior Surgeon Albert E. Eussell, Governor's
Island, New York. Venereal Disease Besearch Laboratory, Staten Island,
Director, Senior Surgeon J. F. Mahoney; Associate Director, P. A. Surgeon
C. J. Van Slyke; Venereal Disease Control Consultant, P. A. Surgeon Eoger
E. Heering, Sub-treasury Bldg., New York City.

Work Projects Administration: State Director of Community Service Program,
James W. Gaynor, Old Post Office Building, Albany; Director for metropolitan
area (acting), Joseph L. Ginniff.

Bureau of Marriage Counsel and Education, New York. The
Bureau conducts an educational center which provides the follow-
ing services :

(The scope of its work, through correspondence and field activi-
ties, is national.)

Consultation, by appointment, for premarital problems, advice to those about
to marry and to those who are meeting with difficulties in adjustment after
marriage. Clients are referred to physicians, psychiatrists, or social agencies
when indicated.

Lectures, Seminars, and Family Relations Institutes, arranged by request.

Training for College Students, who give voluntary services.

Distribution of Literature, standard books and pamphlets are sold by mail order.


Letter Service: Through a column in a popular magazine, a wide range of
advice is given. Many problems are connected with uniformed services. Special
attention is given to inquiries regarding venereal diseases. Prospective unmar-
ried mothers, through the cooperation of other agencies, are given protection,
medical care, and help in planning for the future. Many cases are referred
for first-hand advice to local or state health or welfare agencies.

The Bureau is supported by voluntary contributions, membership fees, and
fees for services rendered.

The Bureau is a member agency of the American Social Hygiene Association.

New York State Department of Health, Division of Syphilis
Control, Albany. Increased diagnostic and treatment facilities
have been provided through 105 venereal disease clinics operating
under the direct supervision of local and state health departments.
In these clinics there are 178 physicians employed on a part time
basis. Working in conjunction with these clinics are the district
offices of the State Department of Health and the six county health
departments. There is a staff of 275 physicians and nurses
employed in these departments. Through these personnel, case
reporting, investigation of contacts, sources, delinquent patients,
and the diagnosis and treatment of known cases of syphilis are
assured. Three full time and four part time consultants in syphilis
control are available for advice and guidance of the clinic and
private physicians concerning the diagnosis and treatment of speci-
fic cases. Serological service, antisyphilitic and antigonorrheal
drugs are available to physicians for all patients without regard
to financial status.

Laws requiring serologieal examinations for persons applying for marriage
licenses and mothers at the time of their first visit to the physician during
pregnancy have been in operation since 1938.

Excellent cooperation has been forthcoming from newspapers and radio stations
of New York State. Approximately 540 newspapers publish releases in respect
to venereal diseases and 22 radio stations regularly broadcast the transcriptions
of the New York State Department of Health. In addition to these facilities the
departmental organ Health News is sent out at weekly intervals to physicians,
health officers, nurses and other interested persons. Exhibits are prepared for
use at conventions, fairs and the like. Motion pictures and lectures are available
through the department and are utilized widely throughout the state.

The State Department of Health, in cooperation with the state and local
police, has been active in the repression of prostitution through tracing the
contacts of known cases of venereal disease. In addition to these measures the
repression of prostitution in defense industry and extra-cantonment areas is
actively prosecuted.

The rehabilitation of women and girls engaged in prostitution is carried out
through reformatories, training schools and penal institutions.

New York : State Committee on Tuberculosis and Public Health of
the State Charities Aid Association. (Operates in New York State
outside New York City) : " We believe our work in the past decade
has contributed substantially to the progress State, local and
nationwide of public acceptance and support of venereal disease
control objectives. Our program of work for 1942 includes the
following :


"Promotion of cooperative efforts to prevent spread of venereal diseases among
uniformed men, industrial defense workers and civilian population by creation
of such a volume of public sentiment for the suppression of commercialized vice
as will encourage and stimulate appropriate authorities to take action.

"Continued promotion of health examinations of industrial workers and pro-
vision of medical examinations, corrective services and health education for men
enrolled in vocational training courses for jobs in war industries.

"Cooperation with the United Service Organization and its member agencies
in their recreation program for soldiers, sailors and defense workers.

"Public education about the fact that gonorrhea is at long last on the way
to marked reduction through application of chemotherapy. The campaign of
public information about syphilis and gonorrhea is addressed to the attainment
of the following specific objectives: The securing of additional appropriations,
local, state and federal, for the maintenance and extension of venereal disease
control diagnostic and treatment facilities.

"Continued assistance in securing appropriations from County Boards of
Supervisors, to be matched with State aid, for the better provision of diagnostic
and treatment services in rural counties.

"Continued advice and assistance to 61 County and City Tuberculosis and
Health Associations in the formulation and appropriate functioning of programs
of work in venereal disease control."

WorTc done during 1941

"Suppression of commercialized prostitution as the chief source of venereal
disease infection of soldiers, sailors and industrial workers was a new element in
the program which was extended through adoption of a "platform" of objec-
tives; through speakers at annual meetings j through cooperation with the State
Health Department in securing action on under-eover investigations of the
A.S.H.A., and cooperation with the Regional Director of Social Protection of
the Federal Security Agency.

"Assisted in promoting the employment of additional public health nurses
whose services are essential in venereal disease control.

"Helped to improve local syphilis clinics by stimulating local association
interest and attention to housekeeping and equipment, convenient hours, adequate
follow-up, and kindly consideration of patients.

' ' Promoted public information and education about the control of venereal
diseases through use of films, Social Hygiene Day observances, meetings, and
Christmas Seal Sale publicity.

"Strongly supported successful efforts of A.S.H.A. in securing increased
Federal financial assistance to States in venereal disease control programs.

"Held bi-monthly staff meetings between the Division of Syphilis Control
of the State Health Department and the State Committee as a means of coordinat-
ing official and non-official efforts in the program.

"Cooperated with the A.8.H.A. in developing an interest by other State
Tuberculosis Associations toward including promotion of venereal disease control
in their programs of work."

Brooklyn: Social Hygiene Committee, Brooklyn Tuberculosis and
Health Association. The Social Hygiene program of the Brooklyn
Tuberculosis and Health Association is coordinated with that of
the Social Hygiene Committee of the New York Tuberculosis and
Health Association. A healthmobile recently put into operation
offers opportunity for added circulation of social hygiene materials.


Buffalo Council of Defense, Social Hygiene Committee. A panel
discussion on Defense and the Venereal Disease Problem in Buffalo,
to which representatives of labor, industry, welfare and other organi-
zations were invited, was presented in February by the Social
Hygiene Committee, which is under the Community Services Divi-
sion of the Defense Council.

The panel which gave special attention to threats of syphilis and gonorrhea
to the health of industrial workers, included Paul H. Benjamin, of the Council
of Social Agencies, as moderator; Louis L. Bennett of the Social Protection Sec-

Department of Social Welfare; Mrs. Otis Jackson; Earl D. Osborne, M.D.,
chairman of the Social Hygiene Committee, who made a statement of the syphilis
problem; Timothy W. Regan, Chief Probation Officer of the City Court; and
Lieutenant Wilbur J. Turner of the Police Department.

Buffalo Council of Social Agencies, Health Division. Cooperation
in the Social Hygiene Day meeting of the Buffalo Council of Defense
in February is to be followed up by a comprehensive two-day con-
ference June 19-20 on Community Health in War Time, meeting in
seven different sessions, including a luncheon, a general session, and
special sections on The Health of Our Children; Tuberculosis; Medical
and Hospital Care; Eat Right Be Fit to Fight; The Health of the
Industrial Worker; ProUems in Public Health; and The Commu-
nity's Responsibility in the Control of Venereal Diseases. Speakers
scheduled for the conference, which is sponsored by 61 state and local
organizations, are outstanding leaders in the fields of medicine, nurs-
ing, nutrition, public health, labor, industry and welfare work.

The Health Division has extended an invitation to the American
Social Hygiene Association to hold its thirtieth annual meeting in
Buffalo in February, 1943.

Cattaraugus County Tuberculosis and Public Health Association,
Inc., Salamanca. There are few industrial plants engaged in the
production of war materials in our community, but all war workers
are being given blood tests for syphilis and if found to be infected
with either syphilis or gonorrhea are helped and advised.

Pamphlets, including the leaflet for draftees, So Long, Boys, are being dis-
tributed. Schools, 4H Clubs, Parent- Teacher Associations, NYA and other
youth and youth serving groups serve as channels for public education. About
1,500 leaflets and pamphlets have been given out during the past year. Agencies
such as the American Legion, and the Granges open their meetings to social
hygiene talks. A typical youth meeting was arranged for the County 4H Clubs,
NYA boys and girls and junior and senior high school classes. St. Mary's Parish
house was donated for the occasion. Speakers were Dr. H. R. O'Brien, County
Commissioner of Health and Dr. Roy Seideman, Deputy Commissioner. Two
films, Good-bye, Mr. Germ and With These Weapons were shown. There were
150 present, and a great deal of enthusiasm was created, resulting in other
meetings in the county.

Another interesting lecture project was arranged through letters sent to 75
high school principals and agencies, resulting in the following meetings, at
which 1,000 people heard the talks and saw the film With These Weapons.


School No. 2 P.-T.A., Clean; Hungry Hollow CCC Camp; Indian Girls and
NYA Boys at Quaker Bridge; Salamanca Nursing Committee; Eadio Station
WHDL, Olean; CCC Camp SP-51, Bed House; Great Valley Nursing Committee;
South Dayton P.-T.A.; Cattaraugus P.-T.A. ; Leather Workers' Union, Gowanda;
Limestone P.-T.A.; Cattaraugus P.-T.A.; Company I 174th Regiment, Armory,
Olean. A variety of literature was distributed. The film was shown also before
high school groups notably in West Valley, Portville, and Franklinville.

Cayiiga County: Social Hygiene Committee, Cayuga Health Asso-
ciation, Auburn. A year-round program of education is conducted
in cooperation with the local health department. During the past
year, six radio talks were given over station WMJBO; 20 articles
appeared in the local newspapers, and a series of 20 talks were
given to public groups.

An intensive program in February included the following: A radio program
on National Social Hygiene Day, February 4th, by our new executive secretary,
Hal T. Kearns. His address was published in full by the Citizen-Advertiser
and excerpts therefrom were published by all county newspapers. Social hygiene
articles were published each week during February in all city and county news-
papers. Ten thousand copies of the leaflets, Vital to National Defense and
Calling All Women were distributed to workers in all industrial plants in Auburn
and Cayuga County. Social hygiene posters were also displayed in these plants.
A copy of the pamphlet Hidden Costs in Industry was placed in the hands of
the superintendents of all industrial plants. Talks and motion picture programs
on social hygiene were given before nutrition classes, home-nursing classes,
granges and other organizations.

Full cooperation is given to the social hygiene clinic, operated by the City and
State departments of health.

Dutchess County: Social Hygiene Committee, Dutchess County
Health Association, Poughkeepsie. A number of war industrial
plants, including NYA shops, conduct examinations for syphilis and
refer cases. The two cities in the county have adequate clinic
facilities and rural areas are served by cooperating clinicians.
Newspapers and local radio stations, WKIP and WGNY assist in
public education, and other informational channels include motion
pictures, talks and literature. The Dutchess County Welfare Council
is at present making a study of sex delinquency. Church and
family welfare groups are active in cooperation including support
of law enforcement and education of young people regarding sex
and family life.

Franklin County: Social Hygiene Committee, Franklin County
Tuberculosis and Public Health Association, Malone. The Com-
mittee concentrates on health education and reports especially good
cooperation from State and local pharmaceutical societies, through
drugstore displays and distribution of literature. Newspapers coop-
erate in the campaign. A feature of the annual program is the
exhibit at the Franklin County Fair, in which social hygiene is
included. There are no war or navy establishments nearby but
the Committee furnished payroll envelope stuffers for a number of
industrial plants during the months of February.


Fulton County: Social Hygiene Committee, Fulton County Tuber-
culosis and Public Health Association, Johnstown. " For five years
the Association has given special observance to National Social
Hygiene Day. This year I invited to sit in conference leaders of
youth groups. To this we invited several doctors and nurses,
Parent-Teacher leaders, NYA area director, secretaries of two
YMCA's, also a YWCA, the Children's Agent, a city school superin-
tendent, the County 4-H Club director, and the Scout executives.
This group was of the unanimous opinion that social hygiene infor-
mation should be given our young people.

Our office made up kits of social hygiene materials including the outline for
sex education prepared by our Elmira Association and a list of books in this
office which we are glad to loan for periods of two weeks. Fourteen parent edu-
cation groups of the P.-T.A. are now developing programs including sex edu-
cation and social hygiene information. Calls are coming in for helps and litera-
ture. The Hi-Y clubs, a high school group in the Y.M.C.A., invited the Hi-Y
from the Gloversville Association and had a social hygiene program. They also
used the film With These Weapons. A high school in Northville used the film
as well as a Parent-Teacher association in the same town. A P.-T.A. and 4-H
group in another section had another program with the film. A home nursing class
asked for a showing. We purchased 10 sets of the sex education booklets written
by Dr. Thurman Rice and published by the American Medical Association, and
gave them to school libraries and Y.M.C.A. 's which are receiving much praise.

As Johnstown is not near army and navy centers, no special problems have
arisen from the war crisis. The Committee carries on a year-round program of
information by talks, exhibits, films and literature. Newspapers cooperate well.
There is opportunity for further cooperation among church and family welfare
groups and for more instruction regarding education for marriage and family
life in the public schools.

Greene County: Social Hygiene Committee, Greene County Tuber-
culosis and Public Health Association, Catskill. " We carry on
a limited but continued program of education in social hygiene
through press, pamphlets, posters, talks, movies, and our local
health committees organized in each town. Each year it increases.
Our successful public health nursing campaign aids this work too.
We plan a more aggressive program this coming year." News-
papers, radio stations WKNY and WGY are cooperative.

Madison County: Social Hygiene Committee, Madison County
Tuberculosis and Public Health Association, Oneida. This group
says : " We have not done a great deal in the field of social hygiene
but are hoping to participate more actively in its promotion." The
Committee utilizes newspapers and a series of posters placed in
railroad stations and public buildings as a means of education.

Newburgh Public Health and Tuberculosis Association, Newburgh.
A social hygiene program has been conducted through the coop-
eration of the Health Department, school officials and allied welfare

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