Happy Birthday, Lillian Wald!
NAHC celebrates the remarkable life of one of the pioneering nurses of home care and public health advocate
On March 10, 1867 Lillian Wald was born in Cincinnati, OH. Born to a prominent Jewish family in the community, Wald would eventually move to New York and become a powerful force in the burgeoning public health movement, as well as lay the cornerstone for the movement to provide high quality care to patients right in their homes. For all of her accomplishments, NAHC honors one of the founders and guiding forces of the home care and hospice movement that was very much created through her inspiration.
One of the most influential and respected social reformers of the 20th century, and founder of the Henry Street Settlement in New York City, Lillian Wald was a tireless and accomplished humanitarian. At age 22 Wald moved to Manhattan to attend the New York Hospital School of Nursing. It was a move that would forever change the facing of nursing, and the care of the sick, infirm, elderly and disabled from all walks of life.