Time capsule, garden dedication celebrate 100 years of public health

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In celebration of 100 Years of Public Health, a centennial time capsule and garden was dedicated April 13 at 9:30 a.m. at the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, at 2525 Grand Avenue.
The health department was founded in 1906 by the first city health officer, Dr. Harriman Jones.
Local Boy Scouts developed the time capsule and garden as Eagle Scout projects. Nicholas Tan (Troop 75) developed the time capsule while Scott Hampton (Troop 126) developed the centennial garden.
The time capsule includes photographs and reports highlighting current public health issues.
It also includes items detailing the health department’s efforts in preparing for pandemic influenza, the on-going battle of AIDS/HIV, and children’s vaccine programs to prevent disease, as well as other topical information regarding public health and the local community from 2006 to 2007.
The time capsule will be buried in a garden specially designed to provide a place for staff and visitors to relax when they visit the main health facility. The time capsule will be opened in 50 years (2056).