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Exhibit on Women's Health Opens

The Office of Research on Women's Health and the Washington Area Women's Foundation cosponsored an evening celebration on women's health at the National Museum of Health and Medicine on the campus of Walter Reed Army Medical Center on June 7.

The event marked the opening of "The Changing Face of Women's Health," an interactive traveling exhibit dedicated to health issues experienced by women at every stage of life, which will remain open at the National Museum of Health and Medicine through Aug. 31. The exhibit features interactive and multi-media displays, educator outreach materials, companion programs and a complementary website,

Children examine exhibit artifacts.

The exhibit is organized into four central themes: detection, prevention, risk and control. It explores such topics as women and cardiovascular disease, women and cancer, osteoporosis, and what women can do to protect their health and that of their families. It also examines societal pressures and patterns, attitudes toward the medical community and personal beliefs about biology and behavior.

The exhibit was developed by ORWH, CDC and the National Health Sciences Consortium, a collaborative entity of nine science centers across the country. It debuted in Baltimore in 1999 and will travel to 10 major metropolitan areas across the country over a 4-year period. After closing in Washington, D.C., the exhibit will travel to the Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia.

The National Museum of Health and Medicine, founded as the Army Medical Museum in 1862 to study and improve medical conditions during the American Civil War, is part of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. The museum opens daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and is located at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 6900 Georgia Ave. and Elder Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., phone (202) 782-2200. Admission and parking are free.

An interesting sculptural representation is part of the exhibit, on view through the end of August in Washington, D.C.

Visitors pass by frontispiece of new exhibit on women's health at Walter Reed.

ORWH director Dr. Vivian Pinn (l) visits women's health exhibit.

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