Oral history interview with Bruce Smith (captioned video)

Dublin Core

Title

Oral history interview with Bruce Smith (captioned video)

Subject

Public health
Oral histories (literary works)

Description

Oral history interview with Bruce Smith, conducted by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Archivist, Heather Mumford, over Zoom on November 16, 2021.

Bruce Smith served initially as the Director of Community Programs (1989 – 1995). In 1995 he transitioned to two roles, held concurrently, as the Director, Office of Government and Community Programs and the Deputy Director, Division of Public Health Practice (1995 – 2003). His final roles (also concurrent) at the Harvard School of Public Health were as the Director of Community Relations for the Division of Public Health Practice and the Office of Government and Community Programs (2003 – 2012).

The Division of Public Health Practice at the Harvard School of Public Health, now known as the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, began in 1998. It was founded and initially directed by Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith, then directed by Dr. Howard Koh from 2004-2009. It served as a conduit between the work of Harvard School of Public Health academic departments, governmental and corporate agencies, and the community. The mission of the division encompassed education, research, and service. Programs included under the umbrella of the division were the Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, the Office of Government and Community Programs, the Preventive Medicine Program, the Program for Health Care Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, the Program to Eliminate Health Disparities, and the Violence Prevention Program. In 2009 the division was dissolved, and its activities were absorbed by the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Department of Health Policy and Management, and the Division of Policy Translation and Leadership.

In this interview Bruce discusses his career and experiences while working for the Harvard School of Public Health. This includes his leadership roles with local communities in Boston, including Mission Hill (which is where Harvard’s Longwood Campus is located). He also discusses growing up in Boston, Massachusetts. (Total running time: 2H05M42S).

Creator

Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)

Date

Oral history conducted 2021-11-16

Date Available

2023-01-16

Contributor

Center for the History of Medicine, Countway Library, Harvard Medical School

Rights

The Harvard Medical Library does not hold copyright on all materials in this collection. For use information, consult Public Services at chm@hms.harvard.edu

Access Rights

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Is Part Of

Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine). Project Records, 2021-2022 (inclusive). M-CL02, Series 00794, Acc. 2024-040.

Format

video

Extent

1 oral history (2H05M42S)

Language

English

Type

moving image

Identifier

Accession #2024-040

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Embedded Media

Interviewer

Heather Mumford

Interviewee

Bruce Smith

Original Format

Digital

Duration

2H05M42S

Files

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Citation

Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine), “Oral history interview with Bruce Smith (captioned video),” OnView, accessed July 22, 2024, https://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/show/26727.