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October 23, 1996

'Hands-on' Center May Offer a Clue to Health Education in the 21st Century

JAMA. 1996;276(16):1289-1290. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03540160011005

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Abstract

"KELLY" WILL HAVE a birthday party October 24.

Fortunately, Kelly—who already requires a 2-story building just to recline indoors—hasn't grown in the year since she moved into the JFK [John F. Kennedy] Health World in Barrington, Ill, north of Chicago.

Fabricated from fiberglass in Florida, the 25.9-m (85-ft) figure of a young girl in a baseball uniform is 1 of some 200 largely interactive exhibits in what may be the first children's museum in the nation dedicated entirely to health.

In any case, Health World is the newest of the 20 or so facilities belonging to the National Association of Health Education Centers. (Kelly's "birthday party" marks completion of its first year of operation.)

In Illinois, Peter P. Rusin, hospital administrator-turned-executive director, worked on the Health World project (as JFK Medical Center, Chicago, was joined by sponsors like Northwest Community Hospital to help support its development) for nearly 5 years

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