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Pests of Public Health Importance and the Role of IPM in Schools
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 02:00:00 PM EST - 04:30:00 PM EST

Recent developments in pest-borne diseases, such as the emergence of Zika virus and spread of Lyme disease, signal the need to continually assess the threat of urban pests to public health. Illnesses carried by insects, rodents, and other pests affect all races, ethnicities, ages, and cultures. Vector-borne illnesses are an ever-present threat and efforts to prevent them are critical to protecting public health.


We strive to keep our school playgrounds and outdoor environments free of pests. The control of vector-borne illnesses hinges on understanding the agent, how it becomes established in an ecosystem, and ultimately infects a susceptible host. Integrated pest management (IPM) is an approach that uses a hierarchy of practices, including education, pest exclusion, sanitation, and other biological and mechanical methods, to reduce unnecessary pesticide exposure while providing sustainable pest control.


Join us as we discuss the primary pests of public health concern, review control strategies, and describe tactics to reduce exposure in your school district. 


​Space is limited to the first 1,000 to attend. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to join the webinar.


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Event Speakers

Richard Pollack, PhD

Dr. Richard Pollack is Senior Environmental Public Health Officer at Harvard University and a Public Health Entomologist 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. When not in the lab or field, Richard often is embroiled in efforts to base policy decisions on evidence rather than folklore and fear.

Pearl English, DNP

Dr. English is a Certified School Nurse for the Philidelphia School District. She serves as the Adjunct professor for the Drexel University school nursing program and has worked as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the Critical Care Unit (CCU) for Temple University Hospital. Pearl manages and cares for children in elementary school settings and mentors new nurses within the organization for professional developement.

Marcia Anderson, PhD

Dr. Anderson is a member of the EPA's Center of Expertise for School IPM in Dallas, Texas. She holds a PhD in Environmental Management from Montclair State University along with degrees in Biology, Environmental Design, Landscape Architecture and Instruction and Curriculum. Marcia was the bed bug and vector management specialist for the EPA Region 2 (Edison, NJ) Pesticides Program.

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