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Ten O'Clock News; Project Mattapan


David Boeri reports on Project Mattapan, which is a community-based prenatal care program aimed at reducing the infant mortality rate in Boston. Boeri notes that the infant mortality rate is very high in the city of Boston. He adds that the infant mortality rate in the African American community is 2.5 times the rate in the white community. Boeri interviews June Cooper (Community Health Associate) and John Ramsey (Boston Foundation) about the program. Boeri reports that Project Mattapan is a yearlong project funded by the Boston Foundation. Boeri notes that the program will provide outreach to poor and uneducated women in an effort to combat premature births and low-birth weights. Boeri's report is accompanied by footage of women and health care workers at a health care center, by footage of infants at a hospital nursery, and by footage of children at an urban playground.

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Ten O'Clock News

Project Mattapan

Series Description

NIGHTLY NEWS WITH CHRISTOPHER LYDON AND CARMEN FIELDS Began January 1976. Replaced evening news show EVENING COMPASS. Original host: Steve Nevas. Other anchors, Christopher Lydon (1977-91) and Gail Harris (1983). In 1980 - hour long. Ended in 1991.

(PREDECESSORS: Louis Lyons began news operations at WGBH in 1952. The News at 10 began in 1966. The Reporters premiered in 1970. The Evening Compass started in 1974.) Series release date: 1/1976



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Broadcast program

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Urban poor
Infants -- Mortality
Medical care
Boston (Mass.)
News Report
Boeri, David (Reporter)
Chicago: “Ten O'Clock News; Project Mattapan,” 12/10/1987, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed March 24, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_5C76BB44472D45BCB317A9A9F088BEC5.
MLA: “Ten O'Clock News; Project Mattapan.” 12/10/1987. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. March 24, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_5C76BB44472D45BCB317A9A9F088BEC5>.
APA: Ten O'Clock News; Project Mattapan. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_5C76BB44472D45BCB317A9A9F088BEC5
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