Health Fairs

Atlanta Lung Association Photograph Collection 1913-1972 (bulk 1945-1955)
Health Fairs
Atlanta Lung Association Photographs, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, GA
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Atlanta Lung Association
Public health--Georgia--Atlanta
Communicable diseases--Georgia--Atlanta
Nonprofit organizations--Georgia--Atlanta
African Americans--Georgia--Atlanta
Health promotion--Georgia--Atlanta
Medical personnel--Georgia--Atlanta
Medical screening--Georgia--Atlanta
Medical personnel--Clothing--Georgia--Atlanta
Men's clothing--Georgia--Atlanta
Medical supplies--Georgia--Atlanta
Dental care--Georgia--Atlanta
United States, Georgia, Fulton County, Atlanta, 33.749, -84.38798
gelatin silver prints
View of unidentified people receiving blood tests at a health fair sponsored by the Atlanta Tuberculosis Association (later named Atlanta Lung Association) in Atlanta, Georgia.
Consumption (Disease);
The Atlanta Lung Association, (A.L.A.) was established in 1907 by the Fulton County Medical Society, and was first called the Fulton Sanitary and Tuberculosis Prevention Society. Over the years, the organization changed names several times. From 1909 to 1933 it was called Atlanta Anti-Tuberculosis and Visiting Nurse Association. From 1933 to 1951 it was called Atlanta Anti-Tuberculosis Association. From 1951 to 1973 it was called Atlanta Tuberculosis Association. Finally, in 1973 the name changed to Atlanta Lung Association. The A.L.A. was among the first organizations in Atlanta to offer treatment of tuberculosis to those unable to obtain sanatorium care. Another such organization was the Home Treatment Dispensary, which was administered by private charities. In 1909 the two organizations merged and formed the Atlanta Anti Tuberculosis and Visiting Nurse Association and established their headquarters on the top floor of the Gould building on Decatur Street. Private donations, fund-raising and city and county funds sustained the Association which served both white and black patients. It emphasized health education, early detection, and provided clinic and home care for the indigent and was staffed with paid professionals and volunteers. Atlanta physicians donated medical support in the clinics. During its time in operation, the national death rate from tuberculosis declined dramatically. Success in treating the disease dictated a change in direction to that of general respiratory illnesses; therefore in 1973 the Association changed its name to the Atlanta Lung Association.
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