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1951 Newsweek article in the Harlem Health History collection

September 8, 2009. Students taking Professor Samuel K. Roberts' course, "Substance Abuse Politics," will have the unique opportunity to engage with previously inaccessible health-related artifacts and curate their own collections of primary and secondary source materials for research on health and public policy issues in Harlem. The Harlem Health History project, being developed by CCNMTL and Roberts, professor of history and assistant professor at the Mailman School of Public Health, aims to enhance students' historical research skills on health-focused social and political movements in an African American community by encouraging student analysis of digitized reports and studies, news articles, advertisements, political artifacts, interviews, videos, and images. Students can search, browse, tag, and export items, as well as add their own primary source materials to the Harlem Health History collection.

Professor Roberts' students will incorporate these resources into individual or group term papers. Exemplary student work will be added to the Harlem Health History collection for future students to use as secondary sources in their own research. Harlem Health History is a project within CCNMTL's Digital Bridges Initiative and launches this fall in Professor Roberts' course. Sections of the project's website may be available to the public in the future. Read an interview with Professor Roberts in The Record and stay tuned for more news on Harlem Health History and stay tuned for more news on Harlem Health History.

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