As the District's commissioner of public health, I appreciate constructive suggestions that serve to improve the quality of health for our pregnant citizens.

Perhaps The Post was unaware during the preparation of its editorial "An Example for D.C." {July 6} that our public health clinics attend pregnant patients within two weeks of the initial call, provide free care to women who earn less than $20,000 per year, have established evening hours in the most needy wards and follow up by phone and mail to those patients who miss appointments. Furthermore, our clinics provide child care, subsidize transportation and utilize a mobile van to serve patients in isolated neighborhoods.

In regard to forming partnerships with private physicians, we have an agreement with the D.C. Hospital Association, both medical societies and the federally funded clinics to serve our overflow patients if we cannot maintain our two-week commitment. I am pleased that this type of initiative has been successful in Mississippi and am sure the District can benefit from experiences there as we further develop our own program.

I welcome The Post's concerns and suggestions and hope that we might take every opportunity to inform our pregnant citizens of the services that are available to them. REED TUCKSON Washington