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Allegheny County Health Department: Vector Control Program Summary and Community Outreach & Education Plan

Curry, Annette (2021) Allegheny County Health Department: Vector Control Program Summary and Community Outreach & Education Plan. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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The purpose of this essay is to summarize the vector-borne disease surveillance efforts of the Vector Control Program (VCP), specifically the Mosquito-Borne Disease Control Program (MBDCP) at the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD). The three main areas of research discussed in this essay are West Nile virus (WNV) surveillance, testing, and data reporting, the invasive Asian tiger mosquito and the threat of it becoming a nuisance to the greater Pittsburgh area, and ticks and associated disease surveillance conducted in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP).
Throughout the completion of the practicum in the summer of 2020, it was noted the VCP’s outreach and education materials and efforts were limited. In addition to the program summary, this essay will also propose an outreach and education plan to integrate in to the VCP in attempt to educate elementary to middle-school aged students about the importance of environmental vectors and their associated illnesses. This plan will specifically focus on mosquito and tick vectors and illnesses while engaging children in active surveillance in a county park. The public health significance of this work is to help understand and track vector-borne diseases in Allegheny County as well as benefit the public through immersive education.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Curry, Annetteagc50@pitt.eduagc50
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairMartinson, Jeremyjmartins@pitt.edujmartinsUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberLamonte, Leahleah.lamonte@achd.netUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberFelter, Elizabethemfelter@pitt.eduemfelterUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberTufts, Danielledmt80@pitt.edudmtUNSPECIFIED
Date: 20 May 2021
Date Type: Completion
Submission Date: 15 May 2021
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 49
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: none
Date Deposited: 20 May 2021 20:34
Last Modified: 20 May 2021 20:34


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