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The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LAC DPH) is
launching a new initiative to reduce the risk of West Nile Virus (WNV) across the
county entitled the 2018 Champion for WNV Prevention challenge. Any
city in LAC or neighborhood in the City of Los Angeles can partner with LAC DPH to participate in this
challenge and be eligible for a Champion for Prevention award by the
LAC Board of Supervisors in December 2018. See Frequently Asked
Questions (FAQs) below.
In addition to the
challenge, LAC DPH staff will be distributing posters and flyers at
public venues across the county throughout the mosquito season to
increase awareness and promote prevention of WNV.
We would like to inform as
many people as possible about the risk of WNV in LAC. Together we
will be able to reach many more people and make a lasting impact on
What is the
2018 Champion for WNV Prevention challenge?
The 2018 Champion for WNV Prevention challenge
is an initiative by LAC DPH to reduce the local risk of WNV by
partnering with LAC cities and Los Angeles city neighborhoods.
Participating cities and neighborhoods complete a number of outreach
activities to promote WNV prevention practices in their communities. LAC DPH and Los
Angeles County Board of Supervisors will recognize
the best performing cities or LA city neighborhoods as Champions for
Prevention with award certifications in December
2018. Cities or LA city neighborhoods that stand out for innovation and
community engagement activities will also be
Can any city
in LA county participate in Champions for
Yes! We encourage all interested cities and
neighborhoods to complete the
outreach activities as WNV is spread all throughout
neighborhoods in cities other than the City of Los Angeles participate in Champions for
Due to its large geographic size and
population, LAC DPH is offering participation in the challenge to
individual neighborhoods only in the City of Los Angeles.
Neighborhoods in other cities may participate through their
Who should I
contact to become involved?
City and neighborhood officials can reach out to
Where can I
receive more information on Champions for Prevention
such as what outreach activities are to be
Promotional activities are
described on the Champions for Prevention reporting
City and neighborhood officials can also reach out to
What is the
A multimedia campaign
toolkithas been developed and is accessible without charge.
The toolkit is designed to make it easy to
distribute information through anyone’s social
media, websites, and newsletters. The toolkit
contains materials in English and Spanish including:
Sample social media
Campaign fliers and
How can a
city/neighborhood request for presentations on WNV from LAC DPH?
A city/neighborhood can
request for a speaker for general community audiences through
LAC DPH's Speakers' Bureau. The presentation
will provide an overview of WNV including risk factors for WNV,
places where mosquitoes live, disease symptoms and prevention
methods. To request a Speaker's Bureau presentation, please fill out
Community Request Form.
You can also email
to facilitate the request.
How will the
completion of activities be monitored?
activities occurring from June through November should be documented on the Champions for
form. Use the form to describe the event or
action by name and/or location/site and the date or
time it was completed. One event or action may
accomplish more than one measure. For example, if
flyers were distributed at tire recycling event,
this will count towards 2 measures. Any activities
occurring prior to joining the challenge can be documented
retrospectively. Forms are to be
firstname.lastname@example.org by December 1, 2018.
the participation dates of Champion for WNV Prevention?
The Champions for Prevention challenge runs
from June through November.
If a city or neighborhood conducted
promotional activities prior to joining the challenge, you may
retrospectively document them in the
city/neighborhood do more than what is listed by
Yes! All activities done to
prevent the spread of WNV and other mosquito-borne
diseases are encouraged. Complete as many activities
as possible to promote awareness and prevention of
mosquito-borne diseases in LAC. LAC
DPH and Los Angeles County Board of
Supervisors will recognize cities
that stand out for innovation and
community engagement activities with
Why is it important to participate?
LAC is one of the highest risk areas for
mosquito-borne disease outbreaks in the United
States. Over the last 5 years, LAC has experienced
yearly outbreaks of WNV with an average of 221 cases per year, approximately 10% of the national burden. Over three-fourths of cases are reported with neurological complications including paralysis, meningitis, encephalitis and death. Milder cases often remain unrecognized. Despite significant health risks, the practice of mosquito prevention behaviors is low among residents in the county. LAC DPH is committed to increase awareness of WNV and keep our residents healthy, safe and productive. Your partnership will provide vital support to spread this important health message and enhance mosquito-borne disease prevention in LAC.
For more information contact:
Acute Communicable Disease Control Program
Vectorborne Disease Unit