Council on Medical Service
HEALTH CENTERS UNDER THE HOSPITAL CONSTRUCTION ACT
Prepared for the Council on Medical Service by Dr. Dean F. Smiley, Consultant in Health and Physical Fitness. Bureau of Health Education, American Medical Association ChicagoThe first health center in the United States was established in 1912 in Philadelphia as a child health center. Since 1912 health centers of various types have been rapidly developed, and it is estimated there are now at least 150 in operation.As one would expect from the title, most health centers have been primarily concerned with health promotion. Other functions have, however, been combined with health promotion to produce not only public health centers but also health and welfare centers, health and recreation centers, hospital health centers and public health and medical service centers.