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Managing Head Lice in Schools
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 02:00:00 PM EDT - 04:30:00 PM EDT

Head lice, according to CDC, are most common among pre-school and elementary school children in the U.S. Nearly every school has faced an outbreak at one time or another because of students' close contact. Back-to-school is when lice are most common. To prevent rampant outbreaks, schools must work in conjunction with families at the first signs of an infestation. Join us to round out your knowledge of head lice by reviewing their epidemiology, public health significance, diagnostics, treatments, and control.  An emphasis will be placed on control strategies that are consistent with the smart, sensible, and sustainable practices of a School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program.


Our distinguished presenters will include:


Dr. Richard Pollack, Senior Environmental Public Health Officer, Harvard University


Nichole Bobo, Director of Nursing Education, National Association of School Nurses 


Deborah Pontius, Health Services Coordinator/Chief School Nurse, Pershing County (Nevada) School District


Space is limited to the first 1,000 to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on joining the webinar.

Please Note If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, please contact us at school.ipm@epa.gov at least a week before the event.

Featured Speakers

Richard Pollack, Ph.D.

Dr. Richard Pollack is Senior Environmental Public Health Officer at Harvard University and Public Health Entomolgist serving academia and government service at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is also the Chief Scientific Officer operating IdentifyUS, a consulting firm. Richard is an international expert, presenter and author on policy issues pertaining to medically relevant pests.

Nichole Bobo

Nichole Bobo is Director of Nursing Education at the National Association of School Nurses (NASN). She has provided oversight for NASN's head lice programming since 2012. She previously was on faculty at the University of Louisville (Louisville, KY) and Regis University (Denver, CO). Nichole has 25 years of clinical nursing experience and as an adult nurse practitioner.

Deborah Pontius

Deborah Pontius is Health Services Coordinator/Chief School Nurse for Pershing County (Nevada) School District. Both a clinician with daily care for all students, and the health services administrator, developing policies and procedures. Deborah is a memeber of the National Board for Certification of School Nurses (NBCSN) and the author of numerous Pediculosis journal articles.

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