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National Museum of Health and Medicine Hosts “Bugapalooza” as Part of Military Health System’s 2023 “Bug Week” Campaign

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FALLS CHURCH, Virginia – The National Museum of Health and Medicine (NMHM) is excited to host “Bugapalooza,” a family-friendly event to educate the community on the role of bugs in military medicine. “Bugapalooza” is the kick-off to the Military Health System's (MHS) 2023 “Bug Week,” a campaign aimed at raising awareness of bug-borne illnesses and treatment options among members of the military community and the public.

Event:  During “Bugapalooza” museum staff and members of the military community will present on which bugs are bizarre, beneficial, or downright deadly. Learn how to battle the bugs or use them to your advantage.

Date/Time:  June 10, 2023, 10 a.m-12 p.m.

Location:  National Museum of Health and Medicine, 2500 Linden Lane, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

Additional Information:  The program is free, open to the public, and suitable for all ages. Bug costumes are encouraged.

The MHS initially launched “Bug Week” in 2018 as an innovative approach to educating service members and their families as well as the general public about bug-borne illnesses and infectious diseases. Following a hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic, the MHS is thrilled to reintroduce “Bug Week” and “Bugapalooza” this year. For more information, visit or search #bugweek on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Media interested in attending should contact Andrea Schierkolk, Public Programs Manager at the National Museum of Health and Medicine, at 301-319-3303, or email


Military Health System

The Military Health System (MHS) is one of America’s largest and most complex health care institutions, and the world’s preeminent military health care delivery operation. Our MHS saves lives on the battlefield, combats infectious disease around the world, and is responsible for providing health services through both Click to closeDirect CareDirect care refers to military hospitals and clinics, also known as “military treatment facilities” and “MTFs.”direct care and Click to closeprivate sector careNetwork and non-network TRICARE-authorized civilian health care professionals, pharmacies, and suppliers.Private Sector Care to approximately 9.6 million beneficiaries, composed of uniformed service members, military retirees, and family members. 

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National Museum of Health and Medicine

The National Museum of Health and Medicine, established in 1862 as the Army Medical Museum, inspires interest in, and promotes the understanding of, medicine— past, present and future— with a special emphasis on tri-service American military medicine. Recognized for its ongoing value to the health of the military and to the nation, NMHM identifies, collects, and preserves important and unique resources to support a broad agenda of innovative exhibits, educational programs, and scientific, historical, and medical research. NMHM is a branch of the Defense Health Agency Research and Engineering Directorate.

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