THE HEALTH CENTER
American journal of public health (New York, N.Y. : 1912)
before the 25th of the month to take effect with the current issue. Mailing DAte, 20th of each month. Advertisements accepted only when commendable, and worth while both to reader and advertiser. News Items, interesting clippings and illustrations are gladly received, together with name of sender. Copyright, 1919, by A. W. Hedrich. THE HEALTH CENTER The health center movement is a plant of exceedingly recent growth. Wherever it may have originated, the fundamental idea is so practical that
... practical that everyone who heard of it recognized its value, and in many different places it was seized upon as affording a solution for existing difficulties. With the initiative and energy characteristic of Americans the idea has been developed, and that other American characteristic, invention, has given it many different forms. These are set forth somewhat in detail in the different articles in the symposium in this issue of the JOURNAL. It will be seen from them that the health center idea covers a variety of administrative methods that range from the simple clinic to the assumption of almost the entire duties of a health department; beyond this into the co6rdination of local health agencies which until now had been pursuing each its own independent method with more or less success and efficiency; and beyond this, even, to an active agency in prevention through health education of the people. Early in 1919, the Health Department of the State of New York recognized the potentialities of the health center and in a special issue of its bulletin, Health Areztws, presented plans for a municipal health center, together with the history of the movement in the state and the experiences of various cities which had been independently developing their own centers. It offered to help communities in the planning of health centers adapted to their own special needs. Since that time Norfolk's plans have been formulated, and the drawings of a remarkable future health center are more or less familiar to health administrators.