Essential Service #3: Inform, Educate, and Empower

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Inform, educate, and empower people about environmental public health issues

Inform, Educate, and Empower covers the development and dissemination of information that educates and promotes activities to reduce health risks associated with vector-borne diseases.  The utilization of health communication such as media advocacy and social marketing allows for reliable and vetted resources to be accessible to the community.

Vector program activities that fit into Essential Service #3 include, but aren’t limited to:

                   1) Having a comprehensive communication plan

                   2) Conducting community outreach through a variety of means, including: door hangers, public meetings, advertisement, and social media


Vector-Borne Disease Section (VBDS) VBDS conducts prevention, surveillance, and control of vector-borne diseases, including hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, plague, Lyme disease, West Nile virus, and other tick-borne and mosquito-borne diseases in California 

Tulsa County Health Department Mosquito Control Information on the Tulsa County Health Department's mosquito surveillance program and tips on how to reduce the mosquito population 

Tulsa County Health Department West Nile Virus Positive Traps Map of West Nile Virus positive mosquito traps in Tulsa County, OK as of September 2017

Zika Door hanger Door hanger for preventing mosquito bites from the CDC

Fight the Bite Door hanger for preventing mosquito bites from the Tulsa Health Department. Click here for Spanish version

Mosquito Word Search Puzzle from New Hanover County, NC 


Be Tick Smart Infographic about disease-spreading ticks from the Vermont Department of Health

Do a Daily Tick Check Infographic about how to check your body for ticks

Things You Should Know About Ticks Infographic about ticks, the diseases they carry, how to remove them, and how to prevent infection from New Hampshire Public Radio

West Nile Virus Information, statistics, and facts about West Nile Virus from the Oklahoma State Department of Health 

Tulsa Health Department West Nile Virus Gives information on West Nile Virus, mosquito surveillance and prevention, signs of mosquito bites. Click here for Spanish version

Mosquito Reference Sheet Reference sheet of mosquito species.  The sheet has a photo of the mosquito, scientific name, common name, distinctive features, diseases carried, and ecology

Diseases Carried by Rats and Mice Discusses disease risks from house mice and rats. Video from Orkin Pest Control

Tickborne Diseases of the United States  Description of tickborne diseases in the United States from the CDC

Aedes albopictus mosquito brochure  Information about the Aedes albopictus mosquito, how to reduce their population and prevent bites. Click here for Spanish version

Fight the Bite: Defeat mosquitoes and their diseases Video from the Oklahoma State Department of Health 

Pyrethroid Insecticides Fact sheet on pyrethroid insecticides, how they are used, and their health effects from the Illinois Department of Public Health

Tickborne Diseases in Massachusetts Reference manual on ticks and the diseases they carry. Targeted toward healthcare professional

Preventing Disease Spread by Ticks  Booklet on how to protect yourself and your pets from ticks from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Also available in Spanish, Portuguese, and Haitian Creole 


Community Education and Outreach Powerpoint Template Editable PowerPoint Template with mosquito, tick, and rodent information

Homeowner IPM Publications and Fact Sheets Contains information about management of pest insects in and around the house

Find the Repellent that is Right for You Search tool to find the right repellant to use based on target pest, duration, and chemicals used from the EPA. Also available in Spanish here