Zoonotic Diseases

Smart, Sensible and Sustainable Pest Management to Improve Public Health

This session will include a brief overview of IPM and provide tools and resources needed to develop and implement an IPM program. After the session, environmental health professionals will be able to explain the key elements of an IPM program, including the roles and responsibilities of key players. You will be able to identify the health, environmental, and economic risks posed by pests and the pesticides, and the benefits of IPM in particularly sensitive environments like schools, daycares, and hospitals.

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

San Bernardino County West Nile Virus Aerial Surveillance Collaboration

West Nile virus is affecting people throughout our country, causing serious illness or death. The San Bernardino County Mosquito and Vector Control Program collaborated with the Sheriff’s Department Aviation Division to mitigate mosquito-breeding hazards in previously unknown locations by identifying unmaintained (green) pools from the air. Attendees will learn how, with little to no cost, they can develop and implement a collaborative program to survey and abate mosquito-breeding sources and minimize the risk of West Nile Virus and other mosquito-transmitted diseases.

Rabies By The Numbers: A Mapping Application to Make Data More Accessible

The Rabies Prevention Program at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) recognized that their annual laboratory testing data wasn’t working for them or their constituents, even though they were publicly available. They collaborated with the Bureau of Laboratories and the Department's GIS office to develop a user-friendly mapping application - Rabies By The Numbers. Learn how the information is being leveraged to benefit all stakeholders, and how your data could do the same for you.

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

Oh Rats! An Assessment of the Nation's Rodent Control Programs

For centuries, people have recognized that rats and mice are not only a nuisance but are a public health problem. NACCHO conducted a comprehensive assessment to solicit information about the nation's local health departments' vector and rodent control program capacities. From this session, attendees will be able to identify the capacities, needs, and existing and future challenges of rodent control programs in public health departments.

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

Appalachian Mountain Innovative Readiness Training (IRT)

IRT is conducted by the Department of Defense in areas that meet criteria to warrant the services provided, such as Medical, Dental, and Vision assessments and care, Rabies Vaccinations, and Animal Spay/Neuter. The Allegany County Human Resource Development Commission and Appalachian Regional Commission collaborated to fund this event through a grant. This session will describe IRT, share the outcomes of the very first animal medical portion held in the lower 48 states, and discuss the collaborative project's results.


Biting Back: Vector Control Program Performance Assessment and Improvement Projects

Learn from the 15 local health departments that participated in the Vector Control Program Performance Assessment and Improvement Initiative to increase capacity and improve performance of their programs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Public Health Foundation partnered to apply quality improvement to U.S. environmental health programs. Come assess program performance, prioritize actions, and develop sound improvement projects to advance the processes and capacity of your programs, for vector control or other areas of environmental health.