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Updated: Dec 23, 2021

EVC is proud to announce that our fall 2012 documentary, BREATHING EASY, has been selected by the David J. Sencer CDC Museum and CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity to be part of the upcoming exhibition Health Is a Human Right: Race and Place in America. In the video, EVC youth producers reported on environmental health issues in low-income housing, focusing on a fellow student’s mold infested Harlem apartment, struggles with asthma, and how community advocates help her family. The exhibition is organized around the social determinants of health and spanning the 20th and 21st centuries ,and opens on Saturday, September 28th as part of the Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Live, and runs through January 17, 2014.


ABOUT THE EXHIBITION Over 100 museums, archives, libraries, foundations, non-profit and research organizations, and individuals from across the United States have contributed documents, photographs, health promotion materials, data charts, and objects to this exhibition. Programs and divisions across the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have provided materials as well. We want to extend a special recognition to Shades of San Francisco at the San Francisco Public Library for providing the wonderful classroom picture that we have used to “brand” the exhibition.


CDC Museum Presents New Exhibition – Health is a Human Right: Race and Place in America

The David J. Sencer CDC Museum, located at CDC Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia announces its upcoming exhibition, Health is a Human Right: Race and Place in America. The exhibition looks back through history at how minority groups have experienced health problems differently; helps us understand why these differences persist; and examines our efforts to reduce and eliminate health disparities. The exhibition runs September 28, 2013 through January 17, 2014.

Opening on Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Live!, Saturday, September 28, Health is a Human Right: Race and Place in America examines some historic challenges of the past 120 years in achieving health equity for all in the United States. We know that “race and place” as important factors in achieving one’s full potential. People with low incomes, minorities, and other socially-disadvantaged populations face significant inequities in opportunities for optimal health, along the lines of race, ethnicity, and place.

Historic photographs, documents and objects illustrate the struggles of diverse groups to pursue their health as a basic human right. Videos, including one of First Lady Michelle Obama talking about access to fresh fruits and vegetables, will be integrated throughout, while interactive atlases illustrate the health of every community nationwide. More than 100 lenders and partners from across the U.S. have contributed to the exhibition.

Health is a Human Right: Race and Place in America coincides with CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity’s 25th anniversary celebration in September 2013. It examines the forces that have shaped health over the last century, as well as the contributions of public health to eliminating health disparities.

Health is a Human Right: Race and Place in America is organized and sponsored by the David J. Sencer CDC Museum, Office of the Associate Director for Communication, and the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, CDC; with additional support from The California Endowment through the CDC Foundation.

Located at the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the David J. Sencer CDC Museum is an educational facility designed to teach about the history and scope of CDC, public health, and the prevention of disease. The museum is free and open to the public.

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