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Upcoming Exhibits

The Refugee Journey to Wellbeing

July 9 – October 5, 2018

Photo: Greece, 2015: Kinan Kadouni, laughs with the Syrian boy he is carrying ashore near the village of Skala.

Photo © UNICEF/UNI197517/Gilbertson VII: Greece, 2015: Kinan Kadouni, laughs with the Syrian boy he is carrying ashore near the village of Skala Eressos, on the island of Lesbos. A refugee from Syria himself, he assists and welcomes refugees and migrants arriving by sea: “I went directly to him and got him out of the boat and we started playing and laughing… I always try to welcome them with smiling face because I think that will make them comfortable.” One in every four asylum seekers in Europe so far this year has been a child.  

An immersive museum experience, The Refugee Journey to Wellbeing provides insight into refugee health and the resettlement process. The exhibit introduces visitors to the programs and processes supporting refugee health along the journey from displacement to resettlement in the United States. Its installation at the David J. Sencer CDC Museum is the first public showing of this hands-on exhibit, created in 2016 by CDC’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine and the Division of Global Health Protection’s Emergency Response and Recovery Branch in partnership with the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

The refugee experience comes alive through videos, photographs, testimonials, interactive touchscreens, and replica scenes from the field. In a theater setting through video, visitors witness the start of many refugees’ journeys toward wellbeing. Within a simulated refugee camp, visitors learn about the public health challenges in refugee settings. Visitors then transition to a replica medical clinic illustrating the medical exams and public health interventions refugees complete as they prepare for resettlement. Two interactive kiosks invite visitors to test their skills at reading chest radiographs and making clinical diagnoses related to tuberculosis and parasitic infections. In a final component of the exhibit, visitors learn about medical screenings that take place once refugees come the United States and the importance of connecting refugees to culturally competent healthcare providers.

The Refugee Journey to Wellbeing was first displayed in November 2016 at the 65th annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in Atlanta. Contributors to the effort included the US Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration; the Office of Refugee Resettlement within the US Department of Health and Human Services; the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; Médecins Sans Frontières; the International Organization for Migration; the International Rescue Committee in Atlanta; and a number of state and local public health, academic, and other nongovernmental organizations.

In 2018, The Refugee Journey to Wellbeing is organized and sponsored by CDC’s David J. Sencer CDC Museum, Office of the Associate Director of CommunicationDivision of Global Migration and Quarantine, and the Division of Global Health Protection’s Emergency Response and Recovery Branch.

Museum Closed for Exhibit Installation

October 8 – October 25, 2018

By the People: Designing a Better America

October 29, 2018 – April 26, 2019

A colorful bus painted with an advertisement for

By the People: Designing a Better America focuses on humanitarian design solutions in the modern world, examining how design is addressing social, health, economic and environmental challenges faced by communities through the United States.  The exhibition is organized around six themes that embody current approaches designers are taking to resolve complex issues.  Included is the Atlanta Beltline, a grassroots effort to save and transform four existing rail lines into a 22-mile green loop, aiming to connect 40 diverse neighborhoods with light rail, street cars, walking trails, bike paths, and parks; and a mobile market that brings fresh produce to a “food desert” in Chicago in order to reduce diet-related health risks.   Investigations range in scale from an online application designed to share language and culture with the next generation of Navajo youth, to sustainable approaches to infrastructure and land-use for the entire city of Detroit.

Organized by Cynthia E. Smith, Curator of Socially Responsible Design at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, the exhibition includes objects,  infographics, and interactive media to illustrate these new design approaches and to provoke questions about the dynamic role of design in providing innovative solutions.

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