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April 25, 1966

Health Is a Community Affair: Preview of the Final Report of the National Commission on Community Health Services

Author Affiliations

Executive Director, National Commission on Community Health Services.

JAMA. 1966;196(4):332-333. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100170074022

Health is essentially a community affair. This premise has been basic to the activities of the National Commission on Community Health Services. The National Commission, which will bring its operations to a conclusion in August 1966, is a private, nonprofit study group established in 1962 by the National Health Council and the American Public Health Association, yet independent of both. It is financed approximately equally from private and public funds. Thirty-two commissioners, representing a cross-section from medicine, business, labor, voluntary groups, government, and other fields, under the chairmanship of Marion B. Folsom, direct its activities. This month, the final report of the Commission was released.

The National Commission was formed because of concerns of those in the field of community health regarding the availability and the accessibility of community health services both today and for the future. There had been revolutions in population distribution, in medical science and technology, in

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