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CMMCP Public Education: updated 10-July-15


PLEASE NOTE: OUR POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ARE UNDER REVIEW, CHANGES MAY NOT BE REFLECTED IN THE INFORMATION ON THIS WEBPAGE


PUBLIC RELATIONS MATERIALS (all in .pdf format):

Print & distribute freely, or call our office for free copies

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CMMCP publications:

 

1.         Pollinator protection pamphlet

2.         Repellent pamphlet (coming soon)

3.         Protection for Senior Citizens

4.         5 D’s poster

5.         West Nile Virus prevention poster

6.         CMMCP coloring book

7.         “How to Stop Mosquitoes” handout

8.         “Have You Checked around Home…” handout

9.         “Protect Your Horse” rack card

10.     “Mosquitoes & Your Dog” rack card

11.     CMMCP standard brochure

12.     CMMCP membership pamphlet

13.     CMMCP bookmarks: version 1 | version 2 | version 3

14.     “Dose Relationship in Toxicology” informational handout

15.     “Risk Assessment Background” informational handout

16.     “Mammalian Toxicity of Pesticides and other Common Substances” informational handout

17.     CMMCP display board placed in member town/city halls

 

MDPH publications:

 

1.            MDPH Fact Sheet on EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis)

2.            MDPH Fact Sheet on WNV (West Nile Virus)

3.            MDPH Fact Sheet on WNV in Spanish

4.            MDPH Fact Sheet on Mosquito Insect Bites & Repellents

5.            MDPH Fact Sheet on Lyme Disease

6.            Preventing Mosquito Bites (MDPH brochure)

7.            Preventing Disease Spread by Ticks (MDPH brochure)

8.            Tick Diseases in Massachusetts manual (second edition)

9.            FAQ on Dead Birds & WNV (MDPH Information Sheet)

 

Other publications:

1.          CDC West Nile Virus rack card

2.          NIOSH Fast Facts – Protecting Yourself from Ticks & Mosquitoes

 


DISPLAYS, PRESENTATIONS & RESEARCH:

 

CMMCP Poster presentations:

¨     Restoration Poster on display at the 50th NMCA Annual Meeting (.pdf, 10Mb) (.jpg 1.12Mb)

¨     CMMCP district display (.pdf, 236kb) – used on a rotational basis through town halls and libraries in our member cities and towns. Use the “zoom” function in Adobe® for a larger view.

 


 

CMMCP PowerPoint® presentations:

¨     Clarke University student seminar (.html, with narrative). This presentation covered these topics:

o   Mosquito control in Mass.

o   Mosquito diseases in Mass.

o   Mosquito biology

o   Mosquito habitat

 

This presentation was geared towards students who already had a more than basic knowledge of mosquito biology, and dealt with control and surveillance techniques.


¨     Charlton Beaver Committee (.html, with narrative)

o   Mosquito control in Mass.

o   Mosquito diseases in Mass.

o   Mosquito biology

o   Mosquito impacts on beaver production

 

This presentation was geared towards people who did not necessarily know about mosquito biology or control, and dealt with the impacts on beaver impoundments and mosquito production.


CMMCP Research & Efficacy Program


CMMCP PUBLIC EDUCATION PROGRAM:

 

A comprehensive educational program is offered to member schools, civic groups and town departments. The program is aimed towards mosquito biology, mosquito habitat, control techniques and efforts citizens can undertake to reduce the potential for mosquito populations in their own neighborhood. This program is tailored to suit the requirements of the individual group, from elementary school children, to high school, to adult groups. Each year we reach out to well over 1,500 people in our service area.

 

The goals of this program are:

 

·       To inform the general public, as well as professional groups, of the mosquito control activities intended for each member community. This is done through:

o  News releases,

o  Speakers for community and professional organizations,

o  Special educational and training programs (including seminars for environmental interest groups),

o  Integration of proposed vector control programs with other organizations, agencies and institutions with similar goals.

 

·       To offer educational programs to the public school system within the member cities and towns. Programs will be aimed toward mosquito biology, mosquito habitat, and efforts which students can undertake to reduce mosquito populations in their neighborhoods. You may contact Curtis Best at best@cmmcp.org for more information on the school program.

 

·       Keep the member communities informed of changes and advancements in mosquito control technology and legislation.

 

CMMCP personnel have exhibited at health fairs and other assemblies organized by town departments or civic groups. Displays have been presented at libraries and other locations upon request. Personnel are available to meet with town boards and committees, as well as other concerned groups. Presentations at Annual Town Meetings have been requested from both member and potential member cities and towns.

 

CMMCP began program in 2006 in which display boards are brought to each town hall for several weeks each year. These display boards include basic information on our program, as well as mosquito biology and WNV transmission. Public relations handouts are included with each display so the public will have the basic information to take with them to control mosquitoes in their area and to contact our office to answer questions and if additional work is needed. PR material is stocked in all member town halls and libraries throughout the year. See a sample of the current display board (actual size 4ft. by 3ft) .– would you like a display in your office/department/building? Contact us at cmmcp@cmmcp.org and we can arrange it at your convenience.

 

Monthly memos are sent in the mosquito season to the Boards of Health to outline current mosquito practices in place, and an update on WNV, EEE and other possible arboviruses.  It is planned to offer to town department staff and eventually the general public organized seminars at the Project office which outlines the Project’s services, teaches basic mosquito biology and tours of the Project facility.

 

NEW PROGRAM – MOSQUITO EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR SENIORS

 

After looking at the CMMCP public education program IN 2010, it became apparent that there was no specific education being given to another group with elevated risk for mosquito-borne disease; seniors citizens.  It was this absence that led to the development of the CMMCP Mosquito Education Program for Seniors.  This past season the program was initiated on a limited basis to help refine and develop its material before a more project-wide application in the following years.  The program focuses on basic mosquito biology, risk factors, disease information, and prevention strategies that are geared toward this older population.  The entire CMMCP suite of services is also discussed, which emphasizes the multifaceted, integrated pest management approach of the Project.  At the conclusion of the presentation, seniors are also encouraged to ask questions on topics that they wish to be clarified or on anything that wasn’t addressed.  CMMCP materials and mosquito repellant wipes are also distributed to those in attendance. 

         

The first presentation was conducted at the Auburn Senior Center on May 12, 2011.  This location was selected primarily because of the elevated West Nile virus activity in the area over the past couple of years.  Town health officials were in attendance, but audience presence was not overly high, possibly due to a lack of advertisement.  Despite lower attendance, this presentation was recorded and broadcast on the local public access channel for seniors and other local residents who were unable to attend.  The presentation was also recorded and placed on the CMMCP YouTube page, where it can be viewed by anyone at anytime.  These media outlets help extend this important information to the entire CMMCP service area and beyond.  

 

After making some minor revisions to the program, the presentation was conducted at Westborough Senior Center on June 14, 2011.  This location was selected in part because we have had historical virus activity in this area, which is also adjacent to Westborough’s Great Cedar Swamp.  This presentation was run through the Westborough Senior Center’s monthly “Lunch and Learn Program”, where seniors are provided with a lunch while they participate in a seasonal education program.  Although this session wasn’t recorded for public access, it was well attended by town residents.  The program was heavily advertised in the senior center bulletin and also on the entrance sign by Main Street.

 

Overall, this initial run of the CMMCP Mosquito Education Program for Seniors was a success and will be continued in the future.  The experience from these presentations will be incorporated into revisions for sessions in upcoming years.  Senior center directors will be contacted in advance to establish interest and dates for presentations.  With both the Elementary School Education Program and the Mosquito Education Program for Seniors, CMMCP is now helping educate two of the higher risk groups for mosquito-borne disease. 

 

Please contact Frank Cornine at cornine@cmmcp.org for more information on the senior citizen program.