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January 5, 1946


JAMA. 1946;130(1):33. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870010035010

The Committee on Administrative Practice of the American Public Health Association offers the health administrator through its "Health Practice Indices" an opportunity to check his work against prevailing practices in the same area of administration.1 Throughout its evaluation procedures the American Public Health Association has measured performance against the best existing practices rather than against theoretical ideals.

This index volume permits the health officer to check his own department in eighteen principal administrative areas. There are eighty items in the index, and for each there is a chart. Two hundred and forty-three communities in eighteen states reported their activities.

These health practice indexes have been extremely useful. Perhaps the most striking use of them is by the health department of the city of Racine, which in its 1944 report published these indexes in black with a red bar indicating the position of the city in each chart. Thus the

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