Zika virus


NCMI recently was awarded a grant from the National Library of Medicine to work with two local Metro Nashville Public middle schools to use PPGIS methods and the Mappler smart phone app to map potential mosquito breeding grounds in North Nashville that could contribute to the spread of the Zika virus and mother mosquito-borne diseases.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CONTACT:

Contact Person:                                   Dr. Wansoo Im

Company Name:                                  National Community Mapping Institute @ Meharry

Voice Phone Number:                          615 327-5817

Email Address                                      wim@mmc.edu

Website URL:        http://www.communitymappingforhealthequity.org

Title:Engaging Middle School students in citizen science to prevent and control the spread of the Zika Virus in north Nashville: A Community Participatory Data-Driven Project.

This project is being conducted in collaboration with the Health Disparities Research Center of Excellence at Meharry, the National Community Mapping Institute, the Meharry School of Medicine, School of Public Heath at Meharry, and officials from the Metro Nashville Health Department

The overall goal of this project is to engage middle school teachers, students, and their parents along with librarians, academic environmental public health faculty, public health officials, in a coordinated effort to identify and eradicate mosquito breeding sites to control the spread of the Zika virus in Nashville/Davidson County. This coordinated data driven effort will utilize geographic information systems (GIS) and community participatory GIS efforts to engage middle school students and their parents in citizen science activities. Students and their parents will work in collaboration with their science teacher, local librarians, the project coordinator (Mr. Chuck Woeppel), the community mapping coordinator (Dr. Wansoo Im), and Metro Nashville public health officials.

Objectives:

  • Educate middle school students about how to use data about the Zika virus: what it is, how it is spread, its health effects, and how it can be controlled
  • Train middle school students and their parents how to use the Mappler Mobile smartphone app to geocode standing water hazards as potential breeding grounds for mosquito.
  • Create a Nashville Zika website to identify standing water hazards, eradication activities undertaken, and reported cases of Zika virus.
  • Educate neighborhood residents about Zika and what they can do to minimize it.
  • Provide a year-end report to school, public health, and elected officials about study efforts and outcomes.

As part of projects, students from two middle schools in Nashville (Creswell and Haynes) are participating this projects.     On March 13st, between 8:30 am – 11:30 am, about 120  6th grade students from Creswell Middle school will do community mapping for mosquito breeding sites.   The result will be shared.  If you are interested in the story, please contact Dr. Wansoo Im or Mr. Charles Whoppel at Meharry.   The interactive mapping site can be found at http://www.immappler.com/zikamapping