The mosquito borne illness prevention project “Fight the Bite” had a great turnout at The Boys and Girls Club of Santa Cruz County!
SEAHEC Future Health Leaders Student “Citizen Scientists” kicked off their “Fight the Bite” community health education campaign in March 2016 with a visit to the Boys and Girls Club in Nogales, where they presented the results of several months of research.
“Thank you all for your dedication and excellent service to our communities!”
-Claudia Velasco, SEAHEC Coordinator for Border Health Initiatives and the Nogales FHL Club.
The students placed mosquito traps around the community and documented the species and locations of mosquitos they trapped to learn how diseases like Dengue and the Zika virus are spread.
Now they have embarked on a community health education campaign to “Fight the Bite,” by sharing their information with the community and providing information on how to prevent the spread of disease by getting rid of sources of stagnant water, a breeding ground for mosquitos, on their property.
The research project and health education campaign are a primer for learning the basics of epidemiology through community based research.
SEAHEC’s Future Health Leaders Program provides intriguing experiences in science and assists students in exploring health careers and applying for college.
Jose Arriola & Victor Dominguez, Santa Cruz County Health Services, gave a demonstration on traps projects and educational efforts.
The visit to the Boys and Girls Club included presentations by AzDHS Border Infectious Disease Surveillance (BIDS) Epidemiologists Mariana Casal and Nicolette Dent.
SEAHEC sponsored this local instance of the CDC’s campaign to prevent mosquito borne diseases when community partners, the Arizona Department of Health Services Office of Border Health and the Santa Cruz County Health Department, asked for our help in their mosquito surveillance efforts.