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The C. Everett Koop Papers

Title:
Letter from Thomas J. Whitfield, Children's Health Program to C. Everett Koop pdf (82,835 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Thomas J. Whitfield, Children's Health Program to C. Everett Koop
Description:
Item is a photocopy.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (82,835 Bytes)
Date:
1983-02-17 (February 17, 1983)
Creator:
Whitfield, Thomas J.
Children's Health Program
Recipient:
Koop, C. Everett
Rights:
Reproduced with permission of Community Health Programs, Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Health Promotion
Maternal Health Services
Social Class
Exhibit Category:
Reproduction and Family Health
Relation:
Metadata Record "When you're pregnant, ask your doctor about drinking" [Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies poster sample] [1983] jpg (306,516 Bytes)
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Metadata Record "When you're pregnant, ask your doctor about drinking" [Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies poster sample text] (1983) pdf (45,401 Bytes) transcript of pdf
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Metadata Record "What you eat has never been so important" [Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies poster sample] [1983] jpg (236,124 Bytes)
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Metadata Record "What you eat has never been so important" [Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies poster sample text] [1983] pdf (48,173 Bytes) ocr (1,335 Bytes)
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Box Number: 24
Folder Number: 1
Unique Identifier:
QQBCZY
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Sequential Files
SubSeries: February 1983
Folder: Healthy Mothers/Healthy Babies, 1983 Feb
Transcript:
February 17, 1983
Dear Sir:
On behalf of the Children's Health Program, I am respectfully declining to participate in your new program, "Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies" project. While the goal of our program is certainly to foster the growth of both mothers and their babies through a variety of activities, we are concerned for several reasons about your poster campaign.
Primarily the posters, while colorful and artistically conceived, bear little resemblance to the day-to-day lives of our families so that the message gets lost in the fantasy. But an even worse outcome of the poster is making mothers feel inadequate and unable to meet someone's idealized version of what they should be.
Secondly in examining the foods displayed in the antique carriage, there is an even crueler message; the foods represented there are gourmet items; they are not foods affordable for most of our families. Again, the message that would be conveyed to these families is unless I can give my family these items, I cannot be a successful parent. Given the economic situation of so many families today, this is an insult.
I trust that we will not be alone in bringing these observations to your attention. We remain committed to your goals and would be happy to share with you some of the nutritional graphics developed in our nutrition education programs. But we cannot subject our participants to any messages which imply that their often valiant efforts to provide food and shelter to their families are not respected and honored.
Sincerely,
Thomas J. Whitfield, M.D.
Executive Director
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2013-04-08
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