EPA Fall 2014 Newsletter Features LDA
On September 18, 2014, Lyme Disease Association President Pat Smith presented a 1.5 hour PowerPoint presentation entitled Lyme & Other Tick-Borne Diseases: A National Overview & The Role of LDA to the Environmental Protection Agency Biopesticides & Pollution Prevention Division in Arlington, VA. The presentation was done in person, and through a webinar and call in. Question and answer followed, and education materials were distributed by LDA Board member Richard Smith.
Ms. Smith discussed her organization’s role in Lyme disease prevention and provided an overview of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases with an emphasis on research and prevention. The LDA has been a long time partner in the EPA’s Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP)─ a program designed to reduce risks from pests, in particular, ticks, thereby reducing risks of tick-borne diseases with minimal use of pesticides. This goal is to be achieved by developing tools to be used in schools and for people who have access to public lands for outdoor uses.
LDA helped in the PESP to form the Network to Reduce LD in Children & High Risk Groups. LDA also helped to plan and organize the EPA Conference in 2011 in Virginia, Promoting Community Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to Prevent Tick-Borne Diseases. Pat also co-chaired with CDC, a conference session: Public Outreach Strategies to Reach Targeted Populations. Ms. Smith also co-authored the article from the Network which appeared in the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) March 2010 Journal, You Can Make a Difference to a Child by Reducing Risk of Lyme Disease.
Pictured L to R: Raderrio Wilkins, Agriculture IPM and Biopesticides Demonstration Grants Lead, Environmental Stewardship Branch, US EPA Office of Pesticide Programs; Richard Smith, LDA Board Member; Pat Smith, LDA President; Frank Ellis, Chief, Environmental Stewardship Branch, Office of Pesticide Programs U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC
March 30 -31, 2011, Arlington, VA – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Stewardship Branch Lyme Network, of which LDA is a founding member, held a 2-day Lyme disease prevention conference, “Promoting Community Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to Prevent Tick-Borne Diseases.” LDA President, Pat Smith, and Emily Zielinski-Gutierrez, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), co-chaired a session: Public Outreach Strategies to Reach Targeted Populations. Pat Smith helped obtain the speakers for the session, co-chaired it, and presented a Powerpoint on Lyme’s spread and the LDA’s work in combating that spread across the country. She also answered questions. LDA provided its Lyme brochures at the conference and was available to answer questions throughout. The conference was sold out, more than 146 attendees, many of whom were professionals in tick management, although the public was invited, and a free online webinar had 180 signed up to hear the conference and ask questions.
Environmental Protection Agency, Arlington, VA
March 31, 2011 Community Integrated Pest Management for Preventing Tick-Borne Diseases Conference
(L) Pat Smith, President, Lyme Disease Association, and (M) Emily Zielinski-Gutierrez, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Co-Moderators of the Public Outreach Strategies session with (R) Diane Blanchard, Co-President, Time For Lyme, Panel Member.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – Lyme Disease Association (LDA)
LDA has been accepted as partner in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP).The Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) is a voluntary program that forms partnerships to reduce the potential health and environmental risks associated with pests and pesticide use and to implement pollution prevention strategies.
LDA has been accepted as partner in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP).
The Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) is a voluntary program that forms partnerships to reduce the potential health and environmental risks associated with pests and pesticide use and to implement pollution prevention strategies. Although LDA does not recommend or endorse products, many individuals choose to use repellents against ticks. The informed actions of pesticide users help reduce risk to people and the environment.
See http://www.epa.gov/pestwise/pesp/members/index.html for program details (LDA is a Silver member).
EPA Announces New Website with Repellants, Effective times, Active ingredients
The EPA has a new website containing a table for tick and/or insect repellents. It includes company name, active ingredient, % of ingredient, hours effective against ticks and/or mosquitoes, and EPA registration number. LDA does not endorse products but feels that consumers need to have available information that is easy to access to make informed choices if they decide to use any products. This site is a great resource.
LDA Strategy for Reduction to Tick Exposure Accepted by EPA’s PESP Program
LDA is part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) in an effort to reduce risks to pests, in particular, ticks, thereby reducing risks to tick-borne diseases. The thrust of this partnership with USEPA is to educate schools and families on the necessity of protection from exposure to ticks which may carry disease causing pathogens. This strategy includes developing tools to be used in schools and developing educational tools for people who have access to public lands for outdoor uses, i.e. walking, hiking. EPA has now accepted LDA’s strategy.
LDA Meets with Federal Government on Lyme Prevention for Kids
June 24, 2009
Candy Brassard, Senior Biologist, Environmental Protection Agency; Dr. Ben Beard, Chief of Vector-Borne Diseases, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention; and Pat Smith, President, Lyme Disease Association at a meeting in DC on June 24 to discuss strategies to protect children from getting Lyme disease.
LDA Meets with EPA on Lyme Disease Prevention
June 4, 2009
LDA President Pat Smith held a Lyme briefing for the Environmental Protection Agency employees in Washington, DC on June 4 and afterward, met with EPA officials Edward Brandt, Senior Economist, Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Partner Liasion; and Frank Ellis, Senior Entomologist and Team Leader, Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Program. LDA is a PESP partner of the EPA, to try and reduce ticks and risks associated with ticks–with LDA’s program goals to apply especially to children.