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October 1965


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Consultant in Ophthalmology NSDSP Division of Chronic Diseases Department of Health, Education and Welfare Public Health Service Washington, DC 20201

Arch Ophthalmol. 1965;74(4):555-556. doi:10.1001/archopht.1965.00970040557027

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To the Editor:  Recently I had the opportunity to visit Dr. Julius Richmond, Director of Project Head Start and, as an ophthalmologist, I was quite impressed with the program and the many benefits that may be derived by an ophthalmologist who volunteers his services in this activity. Although up to 90% of funds may be provided by Office of Economic Opportunity grants, the program is essentially community oriented in almost every respect. This is good because the community itself must take the initiative to set up a program, to seek funds to administer the program, and to provide for follow-up.The basic idea of the program is to provide adequate and accessible medical services to preschool children of low-income families—since many of these children have physical handicaps and deficiencies which will prejudice their progress in school. The program is carried out by incorporating health, medical, and social welfare services with

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