August 25, 2010

Library to host exhibit on global health issues

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- An exhibit shining the spotlight on global health is coming to Morris Library at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

“Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health” is an exhibit from the National Library of Medicine that will be on display in the library’s Hall of Presidents Aug. 30 through Oct. 1. The exhibit’s six colorful panels feature archival materials promoting such quality of life factors as nutritious food, clean water, safe living quarters and affordable health care. The illustrations and information are from the National Library of Medicine’s collections.

A special event set for 10:00 a.m. Sept. 21 will celebrate the exhibit. Patti Simon, widow of U.S. Sen. Paul Simon, will speak. She will address something of significance to her late husband -- the importance of access to safe water and sanitary conditions in developing countries. A reception and refreshments will follow her presentation.

Also, a student panel will convene at 2 p.m. that day at the exhibit. Giving closing remarks at 3 p.m. will be Ella Lacey, retired health education educator and recent recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award in recognition of her service with the Peace Corps.

The exhibit’s banners highlight the collaborative efforts of families, scientists, governments, international organizations and health care advocates to enhance medical care. It also increases awareness of the health care inequities that exist and challenges viewers to join together in the quest for improved health and human rights.

Sponsors of the exhibit are the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health in conjunction with Morris Library, the Friends of Morris Library and the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. Amber Burtis, health sciences librarian for Morris Library, led the efforts to bring the exhibit to SIUC. For more information about the exhibit, look online at or call 618/453-1448.