Learn more about nurse Frances Pratt
- North Carolina became the first state to offer family planning/birth control services through its public health agencies and to permit public health nurses to advise clients about methods of contraception. Frances R. Pratt, RN was hired by the NC Board of Health to organize and oversee the program.
- Pratt, F.R. (Sept., 1940). Programs for Public Health Nurses in Birth Control Work. American Journal of Public Health. Vol. 30 pp.1096-1098.\
- Cooper, Geo. M., Pratt, Frances R., and Hagood, Margaret J. Four Years of Contraception as a Public Health Service in North Carolina. American .Journal of .Public.Health, 31, 12:1248 (Dec.), 1941.From the NC Health Bulletin TimelineOn March 15, 1937, Miss Frances R. Pratt, a specially trained nurse under the auspices of the State Maternal Health League, joined the sub staff of the Division of Preventive Medicine. Miss Pratt’s work was financed by an individual contribution from an outside agency. Her work has been to organize through the medical profession and the local health officers on a voluntary basis, a system of contraceptive control work when based on medical needs. Her work has been successful and has been a welcome and needed addition to the staff work.