Helen M. Wallace '33

Alumnae Achievement Awards 1982

Helen M. Wallace '33
Public Health Advocate

Helen Wallace, a world renowned public health advocate, graduated from Wellesley in 1933. She later earned an M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and, subsequently, an M.P.H. from Harvard University’s School of Public Health.

Wallace taught classes and directed public health programs at various large research universities, such as New York Medical College, University of Minnesota, University of California Berkeley, and San Diego State University. She served as a consultant to the World Health Organization in India, Burma, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the Philippines, Uganda, Turkey, Iran, and a number of other countries. Her work was critical in establishing a blueprint for the field of maternal and child health in many developing countries.

She published fifteen textbooks, such as Health Services for Mothers and Children, Comprehensive Care of Handicapped Children and Youth, and Health and Welfare Reform for Families in the 21st Century, and she has contributed to over 300 articles to peer-reviewed journals. 

She was awarded the American Public Health Association’s Martha May Eliot Award in 1978 and a Fulbright Scholarship to study public health in Czechoslovakia in 1992.

Wallace died in February 2013, just two weeks before her 100th birthday.


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