For years, museums have demonstrated their public value as educational providers, community anchors and stewards of our national heritage.
They’ve also earned a reputation for driving tourism, creating jobs, attracting businesses to the community and serving as a source of immense civic and community pride.
As society has changed, so has the work of museums. Indiana Fun World will be facilitating job training programs, celebrating cultural diversity and awareness, teaching English as a Second Language classes and serving as locations for supervised visits through the family court system.
But health care?
In fact, museums are playing a significant role in many health care issues.
The American Alliance of Museums has assembled these health categories to showcase some of the important ways that museums are contributing to health care—helping patients, training medical professionals and educating the public about health and wellness issues.
Indiana Fun World will focus on 10 aspects of the healthcare field in which we will be making significant contributions:
Here is an Example of some very successful Health Programs adopted by museum around our nation.
The New York Hall of Science has explored how our evolution has shaped health issues such as obesity, lactose intolerance, skin diseases and pregnancy and childbirth.
The Invertebrate Zoology Department at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History works with medical providers to identify bedbugs and other insects.
The Field Museum in Chicago analyzes pathogens and parasites in birds and small mammals to help the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention understand and address emerging health threats.
University of Chicago’s Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology, this project provides samples from which emerging diseases can be studied.
The Northwest African American Museum in Seattle held an exhibit called Checking Our Pulse: Health and Healers in the African American Community, that highlighted five health issues that disproportionately affect the African American community: heart disease, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, mother and infant issues and breast cancer.
Science Factory Children’s Museum in Eugene, Oregon, hosts a whooping cough booster shot clinic for adults in partnership with Lane County Public Health, which is bracing for a summer outbreak.
The Arizona Science Center in Phoenix has a National Institutes of Health/Science Education Partnership Award-funded project in which middle school students replicate a computer sorting massive amounts of data and identifying disease patterns to determine appropriate cancer treatment.
The U.S. Botanic Garden partners with the National Capital Poison Center to bring medical school residents, pharmacy students and toxicology fellows to the garden to learn about poisonous plants. The program has grown and now includes tours for student groups, children who are home schooled and people of all ages interested in medicine and herbalism.
The Milwaukee Public Museum works with Carroll University’s physician assistant graduate program to help the students understand cultural differences in prevention, health and healing from a medical anthropology perspective. The university requested this program because many of its students lacked experience in treating or understanding people from diverse cultures or religions.
Children’s Museum of Phoenix partners with Arizona State University’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation to bring nursing students to the museum. Student nurses offer fun and interactive health programs for children at the museum while becoming comfortable working with young children and their families.