Your Community: Its Provision for Health, Education, Safety, and Welfare

Your Community: Its Provision for Health, Education, Safety, and Welfare

Your Community: Its Provision for Health, Education, Safety, and Welfare

Your Community: Its Provision for Health, Education, Safety, and Welfare

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YOUR COMMUNITY was first published in 1939 and was revised in 1941. These editions were both written by Joanna C. Colcord, then director of the Charity Organization Department of Russell Sage Foundation, who has since retired.

Immediately upon publication, Your Community was warmly received. The book has been widely used in schools. Many community and civic organizations have also used the book, often as the basis for community self- surveys. One of the most extensive of these was that conducted in Portland, Maine, in 1941, under the auspices of the Community Chest. In 1939 the Delaware State Conference of Social Work adopted Your Community as the basic guide in informing citizens of the state regarding their home communities. In 1945 the Smith College Club of St. Petersburg, Florida, sponsored a series of 20 broadcasts based upon Your Community. The resultant program "Know Your Community" was rated, by Billboard Magazine's nationwide poll of radio editors, among the top local radio programs.

With the necessity for another reprinting, made apparent by a dwindling stock early in 1946, it was decided again to revise the text to bring the book abreast of the changing times. Since 1941, when the book was last revised, America has passed through World War II and has embarked upon an era of postwar reconstruction. Consequently the community emphases with respect to social problems have changed; new programs have been established and old ones modified. Particularly in the fields of housing, medical care, consumer protection, and public assistance, have recent developments necessitated extensive textual revisions. However, other sections too have been amended to give increased or lessened emphasis, depending upon conditions now prevailing. References to literature in the various fields discussed have been reviewed and, where indicated, additions or substitutions made.

In bringing up to date Miss Colcord's earlier work, invaluable assistance has been rendered by a wide variety of voluntary and governmental agencies. To these as to the many individual experts who graciously gave much valued assistance, the Foundation is deeply grateful. To Dr. Franz Goldmann, clinical professor of public health, Yale University School of Medicine, special acknowledgment is made for extensive aid in the revision of sections dealing with health problems and services, particularly Chapter 9 . . .

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