Medical Economics

1912 Journal of the American Medical Association  
Assistant Secretary, Michigan State Board of Health "Education is to know for the sake of living, not to live for the sake of knowing." This is the shibboleth of the Michigan State Board of Health under the leadership of Dr. Robert I.. I'ixon. Secretary. What are we doing in Michigan! First and foremost, yve are Fertilizing public sentiment to a point where it will appreciate the tremendous importance of sanitary living, and this public sentiment, responding to the fertility, is enforcing
more » ... is enforcing sanitary regulations, environments und laws. Health conservation Bentiment is better than spécifie law, since it is a law unto itself. How are we creating sanitary sentiment? Our venture, like that of the merchant of Venice, is not In one'bottom, but we hope it -will come into the haven of good health With i incargo sanitary environments. in Michigan We have eighty-three counties, each county .having a county commissioner of schools who is at the head of the county school Interests, A plea wns made to each commissioner of schools by letter, asking his cooperation in establishing sanitary environments for rural schools, a pure supply of drinkingwater and the individual ilrinking-cup, well-ventilated schoolrooms, sanitary outhouses (about 50 per cent, of the OUthouseS were found insanitary) and pleasant school grounds. The commissioners enlisted at once, and form now a cooperative committee In the work of sanitary education with the Stale Board of Health, and great progress has already been made in this direction. In Michigan are 1,000 granges, with a membership of 70,000. Our next move was to enlist the grangers in the Work of sanitary education; to constrain them to see the sanitary problem through the eyes of their commissioners of Schools, and lo have a common point of view. The rosolis in this phase of our forward movement have been marvelous. -Many of the granges appointed a committee on-health, and the lecturers of the granges incorporated health topics in their programs. The lecturer of the state grange. Miss Jennie I'aiell, lias prepared a special program for her quarterly b illetin. Wo have feu-used the eyes of the rural folk on the dangers threatening our civilization through insanitary environments. (Jur next movement was to enlist the women's clubs. It, is unnecessary to say that the re-pouse from this grout force was almost spontaneous. The sociologie uplift, the appeal to mot hers, the environmental value of preventive measures, i nlisteel the warm, hearty Cooperation of the guardians of I ome and purity. An appeal wns mude to the managers of railways to cooperate With the State Board of Health in providing sanitary coaches, sanitary closets on trains and at depots and the abolition of the common drinking cup. ami this part, of the movement is going forward successfully. We have enlisted the United Coiuinercinl Travelers in n campaign for better environments for hotels; outdoor and indoor • closets, abandonment of the common roller-towel (Michigan, as yet, has no law against its use), better environments of railway depots and on railway coaches. Well, these hoys are our Hying squadron In sanitary education. They are getting results. We have enlisted the newspapers and the ministers of all the churohes in the work. Recently there has been organized an enthusiastic, effloient, Active state health ollicers' association. This organization is the régulaiarmy of Ihe forward movement for sanitary education. Such is the outline, in brief, of the work for health conservation in Michigan.
doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260060224023 fatcat:w2siha6y7jcufbwklskclptaui