|Description:||This photograph depicted John P. Anderton, Ph.D., M.P.A., standing along side the bust of the Greek muse of health, Hygiea, on the CDC’s Roybal campus in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Anderton was the creator of the first CDC presence in the interactive, virtual world, Second Life, which is an online community also known as a “metaverse”. He created the CDC avatar, Hygeia Philo, based on the Greek term for ‘lover of health’, in July 2006, in order to coincide with CDC’s 60th anniversary.|
CDC’s presence in the online virtual world “Second Life” launched in August, 2006. Dr. Anderton designed the initial CDC space using in-world, i.e., Second Life, tools, creating hyperlinks to CDC websites including the MMWR, CDC.gov homepage, CDC podcasts and the Public Health Image Library, PHIL. CDC public health posters from the first 6 decades of the CDC’s existence were displayed in the “Public Health Poster of the Week” billboard feature, which was updated weekly from August, through the end of December, 2006.