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Journal of Community Health

, Volume 43, Issue 3, pp 625–627 | Cite as

From Dispensaries to Community Health Centers: Health Delivery Change Across the Twentieth Century

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Abstract

This piece examines the historical forces and forebears that preceded, and helped shape, community health centers. Though the current iteration of community health centers date from the 1960s, their (deeper) roots go back to the earliest years of the twentieth century. They began life as largely urban phenomena, and rode the wave of the larger program of Progressive-era political and socioeconomic reforms.

Keywords

Community health centers Dispensaries Neighborhood health centers Great society Progressive era 

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.SUNY-Downstate School of Public HealthBrooklynUSA

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