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The Pervasive Use of Exhibits for Public Health Education

January 1, 2011

I visited the Rockefeller Archive Center (RAC) between June 30 and July 7, 2011 to look at the papers of the Rockefeller Foundation (RF) and Commonwealth Fund (CF) as they related to public health education, in particular the creation and use of exhibits. During this research visit, I examined the RF's involvement in the formation of schools of hygiene and public health from 1913 to the early 1930s. I also looked at the RF files on the East Harlem Health Center. In addition, the papers of the CF, specifically the materials on the Child Health Demonstrations that took place in the mid-1920s, were studied. What I was looking for, and what I found, were documents demonstrating the use of exhibits to teach best practices in public health to both medical professionals and the public.

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