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June 26, 1937

The Public Health Program

JAMA. 1937;108(26):2250. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780260078030

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The purpose of the grants to the states is to strengthen state and territorial health departments and thereby to aid in the development of district, county and city health services and in the training of health department personnel. The provision of medical care, other than that involved in immunization for the prevention of communicable diseases and the treatment of venereal diseases to render cases noninfectious, is not contemplated under the provisions of the act. The objective is not to establish federal jurisdiction over health work within the states but to aid the states in the development and expansion of their own state and local health services. No standard pattern of organization or administrative practice is set up. Since the most important single factor in the success of a public health program is the fitness of those who administer it, an undisturbed tenure of office for competent persons is essential. To

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