Developing Collaborative Partnerships for Community-based Mosquito Control Programs: The Project Moon Dust Model

Barbara S. Newman

Tom Struzick, M.S.W., LC.S.W., M.Ed

Jason Howanitz

 

This presentation will be an interactive dialogue about how public health environmentalists, particularly vector control workers, can implement “best practice” interventions involving a variety of community partners. The particular intervention to be discussed is Project Moon Dust operating in Birmingham, Alabama, with funding support from the National Center for Environmental Health. The project is based on the recommendations of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers’ document, Public Health Confronts the Mosquito: Developing Sustainable State and Local Mosquito Control Programs (2005).  The intervention includes four areas of activity, i.e., planning ahead, involving others, using the best science and data, and informing the public.  The presentation will include an overview of Project Moon Dust and its design framework. Then information will be shared on how the four areas of activity have been developed to influence the overall flow of project operations. In particular, the presenters will reveal how the project’s partners were identified and then will talk about various techniques used for approaching and engaging those partners.  The partners presently involved in Project Moon Dust include an urban public health department, a School of Public Health, two neighborhood associations, a youth group, city and county governments, and several local industries. The project’s impact and outcomes will reviewed along with a discussion of sustaining the project without the funding support from NCEH.  Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and share their thoughts about the project, particularly in relation to building collaborative community partnerships.