The organization in San Francisco of a child hygiene committee of the health council of the community chest has provided an opportunity for the study of the health facilities of a number of agencies dealing with children.
For the sake of clarity, the handicapped groups have been divided into three subdivisions: (1) the physically handicapped, such as the
sick, crippled, blind or deaf; (2) the mentally handicapped, such as the feebleminded or delinquent, and (3) the socially handicapped, such as orphans and abandoned children (table).
Over ninety agencies are members of the chest, and about one third of these deal with children. These agencies include orphanages, nurseries, homes for transients, homes for delinquents, convalescent homes, foster homes and the "mother's aid" group. The object of the committee was to develop an adequate health service for all dependent children. As preliminary work we studied available statistics that had been gathered by
THELANDER HE. MEETING THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY. Am J Dis Child. 1937;53(4):1060–1070. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1937.04140110130015