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October 16, 1967


JAMA. 1967;202(3):227-228. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130160101026

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Community Health Week extends from Oct 15 through Oct 21, and many state and local medical societies will take advantage of the fifth annual opportunity to honor the progress of medicine and the entire health field; to enumerate some of its present contributions that provide direct benefit to the people of communities throughout the United States; and to emphasize the continuing efforts to improve and expand health care.

This unique medical and health observance came into being as a national program in 1962 when the AMA House of Delegates adopted a resolution of the Illinois delegation endorsing the objectives of Community Health Week; urged its continuation as an annual observance; and resolved, "That the House of Delegates encourage its adoption by all state and county medical societies as an outstanding means of cooperation between the medical profession and the health services in each community." The following year, 1963, thirty-two Community