David J. Sencer CDC Museum:
In Association with the Smithsonian Institution
CANCER: Survivors in Focus
June 17–September 10, 2013
CANCER: Survivors in Focus—a three-part photography exhibition—offers a glimpse into the lives of people living with, through, and beyond a cancer diagnosis. An estimated 28 million people worldwide are living within five years of a cancer diagnosis.
This exhibition tells survivors' stories through the work of three photographers who examine cancer survivorship in different contexts: globally, in the United States, and at CDC.
Photographer and ovarian cancer survivor Carolyn Taylor presents Without Borders: The Global Face of Cancer, which portrays cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, and medical professionals in fourteen countries.
John Kaplan's Not As I Pictured is an autobiographical account of the Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist's unexpected cancer journey.
Bryan Meltz, a documentary photographer based in Atlanta, captures moments from the lives of CDC employees who have survived cancer in Close to Home: CDC's Stories of Survivorship, a series commissioned specifically for this exhibition.
Collectively, these photographs and the stories that inspired them highlight the experiences of cancer survivors around the world and provoke insights on how the public health community can help empower individuals to live longer, healthier lives after cancer.
Health is a Human Right
September 28, 2013 - January 3, 2014
Opening on Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Live, Health is a Human Right examines some historic challenges of the past 120 years in achieving health equity for all in the US. We know that “race and place” are as important as personal choices in achieving our full potential. Low-income people, communities of color, and other vulnerable populations face significant inequities in opportunity. This can lead to inequities of health, along the lines of race, ethnicity, income and education levels.
In addition to viewing historic photographs, documents, and objects, visitors can check up on the health of their communities through interactive atlases. Videos, including one of Michelle Obama talking about access to fresh food and vegetables, will be integrated throughout. By encouraging dialogue, we hope to inspire collective action to reduce health disparities and reframe health equity as an achievable goal.
Health is a Human Right is organized and sponsored by the David J. Sencer CDC Museum, Office of the Director for Communication, and the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, CDC; and The California Endowment.