Grand Valley faculty and students have teamed up with the Grand Rapids Public Museum on a presentation to highlight the history of groundbreaking public health work in Grand Rapids.
"GR Stories - Public Health History in Grand Rapids," is a free program for the community to learn more about the pioneering medical research conducted in Grand Rapids as well as the transformational health policies instituted in the area, serving as models worldwide, organizers said.
This program will feature presentations by students Hannah Krebs, Callie Dzurisin and Coltrane Bodbyl-Mast based on their research using the GRPM Collections and other local archives. In addition, a panel on public health history will be moderated by history faculty members Carolyn Shapiro-Shapin, Abigail Gautreau and Matthew Daley.
The event is at 6 p.m. March 29 at the Grand Rapids Public Museum’s Meijer Theater. Registration is required at grpm.org.
The students will present on topics addressing the groundbreaking women scientists behind the development of the whooping cough vaccine in Grand Rapids in the 1930s, the role of Grand Rapids scientists in the development of cough plate usage for the vaccine and the temperance movement in Grand Rapids and its interdenominational and public-health orientations.