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Public Health Museum Launches Pandemic Project

Tewksbury, MA- The Public Health Museum in Tewksbury is pleased to announce the launch of The Pandemic Project, a timeline tour of the history of community spread of disease in America. Inspired to share the history of pandemics and their impacts in the United States, a dedicated team of volunteers and health care professionals has created an informational timeline which seeks to answer questions such as What is public health?  What is the difference between a pandemic, an epidemic, and an outbreak? and What role does public health play in a pandemic?

Linked to informational articles researched by the team, the timeline is engaging and informative. “We envision this timeline as a living history and place where the general public can find information about past public health events. There are so many parallels; it’s a way to put the current COVID-19 crisis into context” said Dr. Katherine Domoto, president of the museum.
The project was led by Dr. Louis Fazen, Public Health Museum board member and retired pediatrician. “Our volunteer authors worked diligently to research more than 300 years of public health history in America,” said Fazen. “Though both professional and public understanding of pandemics and epidemics have evolved significantly over time, we have the unique opportunity to look to the past for lessons on our present crisis."

The timeline covers such public health events as tuberculosis, yellow fever, cholera, HIV-AIDS and more. A companion terminology guide has helpful links to additional resources. Curated specifically for general interest, the new Pandemic Project will also engage seasoned public health professionals. 

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Since 1994, the non-profit Public Health Museum, on the campus of Tewksbury Hospital, has sought to celebrate the history and achievements of public health. As the first museum in the nation dedicated to public health, the PHM seeks to preserve the past, educate the public, inspire professionals, and advance the ​future of public health through tours, partnerships and programming. For more information about the museum, visit
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