Some ideas are easy, such as maintaining educational materials in your office. Others may take more time, such as writing an article for your local paper or planning a press conference. It is up to you to decide which suggestions are possible with your existing time and resources and which would be successful in your city or town. There may be organizations or groups in your city or town that would be interested in partnering with you on some of these suggestions. Also, keep in mind, some of these suggestions could work year round!

Spring

  • E-mail an awareness message to doctors at your local hospital. {Cape Cod Hospital has an internal system that allows messages to go out to all the doctors on their staff that the Barnstable County Dept. of Health and Environment was able to use.}
  • Send a letter to or visit the physician offices in your city or town to make them aware of the upcoming high-risk months for tickborne diseases. Make sure they know who you are and how they can contact your office if they or their patients have questions.
  • Talk with local Boy and Girl Scout leaders about a project on ticks and Lyme disease and how it can be a badge requirement.
  • Hand out educational materials with fishing licenses. {Need some materials? See the Educational Material on Diseases Spread by Ticks Listing enclosed.}
  • Arrange a seminar for Scouts on ticks and Lyme disease.
  • Write a short article for your local paper on preventing diseases spread by ticks. {Need some ideas? See the Tips on Holding a Press Conference or Airing a Public Service Announcement enclosed.}
  • Sponsor a Tick or Lyme disease school poster contest. {The winner could be put on display at your city or town hall or by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH).}
  • Give a presentation at your local Community Center. {Need help putting together a presentation on diseases spread by ticks? Call MDPH at 617-983-6800.}
  • Give a presentation at or supply educational materials to your local Council on Aging, Chamber of Commerce, country clubs, or religious organizations.
  • Contact your local radio station(s) about airing a public service announcement (psa). {Need help putting together a psa? See the Tips on Holding a Press Conference or Airing a Public Service Announcement enclosed.}
  • Give educational materials to retail stores that sell repellents such as hardware stores.
  • Give educational materials to your local veterinarians and pet supply stores.
  • Approach your local cable station about doing a program on preventing diseases spread by ticks.

Summer

  • Send a letter to or visit the physicians in your city or town to let them know what types of educational materials you can make available to them, their staff and their patients on tickborne diseases. Offer to give a brief presentation at their office for their staff.
  • Distribute educational materials to local greenhouses, garden centers, and landscapers.
  • Hand out educational material with beach permits and at local lakes, parks, and other recreational areas.
  • Supply educational material at local tourist stops and public rest rooms.
  • Work with your local campgrounds to distribute educational materials to attendees and their parents. Offer to give a presentation to the camp counselors.

Fall

  • Collaborate with your local hospital to do Grand Rounds for MDs. {Need to find someone to help with a tickborne disease presentation? Call MDPH at 617-983-6800.}
  • Contact your local college that has a nursing program or public health major and suggest a class project on Lyme disease and community education.
  • Hand out educational material with hunting licenses.
  • Send out information with fall tax bills.
  • Contact your local high school or vocational school and suggest a project on Lyme disease and community education.
  • Staff a health table at your local fairs.

Winter

  • Send a letter to or visit the physicians in your city or town to let them know how many cases of tickborne diseases have been reported in your area. {Need information on the number of reported tickborne diseases reported in your region or county? Call the MDPH Surveillance Program at 617-983-6801.} Remind them of the importance of timely case reporting and that your office has copies of any forms they may need. {Need case report forms? Call the MDPH Surveillance Program at 617-983-6801.}
  • Give a presentation for or distribute educational materials to school nurses.
  • Stock up on educational materials for your health office.
  • Contact house/cottage rental agencies in your city or town and give educational material for them to include in rental packets for vacationers.
  • Plan a press conference on tickborne disease for the spring. {Need help planning a press conference? See the Tips on Holding a Press Conference or Airing a Public Service Announcement enclosed.}


This information is provided by Epidemiology Program within the Department of Public Health.