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May 1951

Public Health Is People.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1951;81(5):747-748. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1951.02040030760017

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"Public Health Is People" is a detailed account, much of it verbatim, of an institute on mental health in the field of public health, which was held in Berkeley, Calif., in July 1948 under the joint sponsorship of the California State Department of Public Health and the Commonwealth Fund.

The purpose of the institute was to bring about or arrive at a better understanding of what a health department might do in the field of mental health. From this purpose stemmed the discussion of many phases, developments and technics occurring in the process of organizing and carrying on a mental health program. Throughout these discussions emphasis was placed on the technics within the scope of the public health worker which are advisable for use.

The step by step progress of the institute is described clearly in this report. Psychiatrists served as the faculty and the public health worker became the

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