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Ten O'Clock News; Infant mortality rate in Dorchester


Hope Kelly reports on the health care workers and patients at the Codman Square Health Center. Kelly notes that the health care workers at the Codman Square Health Center are not surprised at the rise in the infant mortality rate in Boston. She adds that many of the patients at the Center are immigrants and have no health insurance. Kelly interviews Bill Walczak (Codman Square Health Center), Dr. Tony Schlaff (head of the Codman Square Health Center), Dr. Graunke (pediatrician, Codman Square Health Center) and Cynthia Smith (head nurse, OBGYN practitioner, Codman Square Health Center). The four health care workers describe the challenges faced by poor women and children. Walczak says that many of the patients are in a perpetual state of crisis due to housing and transportation problems. Schlaff talks about the need for health education and pre-natal care for at-risk populations. Graunke talks about high rate of malnutrition in Codman Square. Smith talks about the rising rate of teen pregnancies. Kelly's report includes footage of health care workers and several patients at the center. Kelly's report also features footage of Dr. Graunke examining patients. Kelly notes that workers at the Center often treat children who have never received medical attention. This tape includes footage of Dr. Kenneth Edelin (Boston City Hospital), Juanita Wade (Boston School Committee), Charles Yancey (Boston City Council) and others at a press conference on Codman Square's high infant mortality rate. It also includes shots of newspaper articles about the rising infant mortality rate.

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Ten O'Clock News

Infant mortality rate in Dorchester

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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Infants -- Mortality
Press conferences
Urban poor
Medical care
African American neighborhoods
Yancey, Charles C.
Dorchester (Boston, Mass.)
News Report
Yancey, Charles C. (Speaker)
Kelly, Hope (Reporter)
Chicago: “Ten O'Clock News; Infant mortality rate in Dorchester,” 02/11/1987, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 16, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_97C4CF1497E3454686F147EF1EF110B9.
MLA: “Ten O'Clock News; Infant mortality rate in Dorchester.” 02/11/1987. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 16, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_97C4CF1497E3454686F147EF1EF110B9>.
APA: Ten O'Clock News; Infant mortality rate in Dorchester. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_97C4CF1497E3454686F147EF1EF110B9
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