Child health care centres: An academic model for comprehensive child health care in the community

Manuel Katz, J. Urkin, Y. Bar-David, A. H. Cohen, S. Warshawsky, N. Barak

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The challenge of the discipline of paediatrics in the 21st century is to promote health and development of children in a way that will enable them to maximize their biological and social potential. The community child health centre (CHC) in Israel is a model of community health care service built to provide comprehensive health care to children and adolescents, as well as an academic setting for under- and postgraduate paediatric training. Today there are 34 CHCs in Israel, serving a population of 220 000 children from birth to 18 years of age. The CHC combines the advantages of group practice with those of an academic medical centre and enables flexibility and mutual learning. Further expansion and development are required to realize the CHCs mission of a true comprehensive academic centre for paediatric community health.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-222
Number of pages6
JournalChild: Care, Health and Development
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2005


  • Community paediatrics
  • Paediatric care
  • Paediatrics primary care
  • Training in paediatrics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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