252201 Community Partnering and Collaboration for Rabies Prevention

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 11:20 AM

William Courtney, DVM, MPH , Associate Dean for Public Health, School fo Aerospace Medicine, Brooks City-Base, TX
In these tough economic times, how can public health professionals continue to provide quality customer service coupled with the mandate to protect the public from the threat of rabies exposure? Community partnering and collaboration are effective methods of expanding limited resources to meet the demands of the public. Despite historically low incidence rates in humans, rabies continues to be a threat to both animals and people. Learn about the threat of rabies exposure, and methods to protect the public through developing and maintaining collaborative programs utilizing volunteers working together for these goals. Topics discussed will include strategies to encourage collaboration among health professionals, veterinarians, and animal shelters; developing community-based rabies prevention programs; encouraging compliance with rabies vaccination and pet licensure ordinances; and trap, neuter, vaccinate, and return (TNVR) as the best management practice of dealing with the problem of community cats. ( Invited session - G. Robert Weedon, DVM, MPH and Amy E. Fischer, PhD presnters)

Learning Areas:
Program planning
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1.Describe community partnering and collaboration efforts to control rabies

Keywords: Collaboration, Disease Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I've organized and prewsented at many conferences
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.