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humanitarian , Nurse , Social worker

Lillian D. Wald was an American public health nurse, social reformer and settlement house leader. She devoted her life to improving the health and welfare of women and children .


Wald was born into a German-Jewish middle-class family in Cincinnati on March 10, 1867.


She was graduated from the New York Hospital Training School for Nurses in 1891.

While a student at the Women's Medical College, she taught home nursing to immigrants.


Impressed by their need for medical care, she left medical school and, with Mary Brewster, began a nursing service on the lower East Side of New York City.

In 1893 she founded the Henry Street Settlement.

In 1902 she instituted the first municipal school for nursing.

She was instrumental in establishing public health nursing and the U. S. Children's Bureau. She was the author of The House on Henry Street (1915).


  • She was known for contributions to human rights and was the founder of American community nursing.