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MY PURPOSE is to discuss the mission of the National Advisory Committee on Local Health Departments. I should like to ask that 3 general principles be kept in mind:
Local health services should be designed solely to meet specific local health needs effectively and efficiently.
The rapid change in health needs requires extreme flexibility in the development of local health services.
Flexibility is aided by: (a) research efforts to create new resources and package them for greater acceptability to the population; (b) demonstrations to develop and adapt the new resources for practical programs for specific populations; (c) a chronic
Our cherished traditions, charters, and manuals of procedure are greatly disturbed when we leave our sheltered nooks in the
James G. III. Improving Local Health Services. JAMA. 1962;181(4):325-327. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050300045011