Keep Your Family Safe from Ticks
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The US Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s Healthy Communities Grant Program provided a $25,000 grant for this project. This Healthy Communities Grant Program funds projects that “…reduce environmental risks, protect and improve human health and improve the quality of life.
Western CT Health Network/Lyme Disease Biobank is pleased to participate in this latest community-based tickborne disease prevention effort. The Western Connecticut Health Network Lyme Disease Biobank, formerly known as the Lyme Disease Registry, is the only known hospital-based Lyme disease biobank in the nation. The mission of the Biobank is to foster research efforts in Lyme disease by maintaining a repository of biological samples as well as a comprehensive database of patients with Lyme disease. The bio-specimens and database information are critical to advance research efforts that are aimed at providing concrete solutions to some of the current barriers in the diagnosis and treatment of acute and late stage Lyme disease. In addition, the Department of Pathology Research is working to develop a very sensitive and specific assay for an early direct detection of B. burgdorferifrom blood of Lyme disease patients. Learn more about Western Connecticut Health Network’s ongoing Lyme disease research and prevention efforts at: www.westernconnecticuthealthnetwork.org
Lyme Connection, Ridgefield’s tickborne disease task force, is pleased to join our community partners in presenting this educational (and fun) film series. Tickborne disease prevention is one of our organization’s primary goals as we know how debilitating these illnesses can be. We recognize the challenge avoiding tick bites presents in New England and support the development of new and creative ways to answer the questions concerned homeowners have. We thank the tick experts at Western CT State University for providing their invaluable guidance leading these prevention projects and the EPA for funding this film series. Lyme Connection represents patients, family members, practitioners, researchers and community members committed to ending the suffering caused by tick-borne disease. Learn more about our programs and support services at LymeConnection.org.
Ridgefield Health Department/BLAST Tickborne Disease Prevention Program considers the prevention of tickborne illness one of its most important community health roles. Since receiving funding to create the BLAST Tickborne Disease Prevention Program in 2008, the department has actively participated in raising awareness at health fairs, schools and community events throughout the Greater Danbury area. The department also collects ticks from residents for testing at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station at no charge throughout the year. Collaborations such as this latest film effort with Western CT State University, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Western CT Health Network and Lyme Connection represent great progress in tackling the challenges involved in community tickborne disease prevention. Read more about our efforts at www.Blastlyme.org.