District Programs & Departments
The District is committed to a comprehensive community affairs program that enhances the District’s image, promotes public awareness of District services, and educates the public about vectors, vector-borne diseases, and other vector control issues. The Director of Community Affairs manages the Community Affairs Department, which is comprised of the Public Information and Education Programs. These programs operate in conjunction with the Mobile Science and Vector Education Foundation (a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization). Information and educational services and materials are provided at no cost to District residents, businesses, and learning institutions.
The Director of Community Affairs is an active member of the Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California’s Public Relations Committee and the American Mosquito Control Association's Public Relations Committee. As a member of these committees, the Director of Community Affairs assesses the public relations needs of the associations and assists in creating and implementing beneficial communication, education, and advertisement strategies for the organizations.
Public Information Program
The Public Information Officer (PIO) coordinates the Public Information Program. The PIO implements a comprehensive public relations campaign informing residents about the latest vector related health threats and how they can protect themselves. In addition to this task, the PIO represents the District at media and community relations appearances, writes and distributes news releases and articles, coordinates community events, serves as District representative at community and government functions, and writes newsletters and reports.
The District Education Program operates in conjunction with the Mobile Science and Vector Education Foundation (a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization). The Education Program offers three different student curricula. The VecMobile (a.k.a Bug Bus), created in 2001, is the Educational Foundation's flagship program. Educators and community organizations can also schedule the on-site District Field Trip and the Vector Inspector Classroom Visit. Two Education Program Coordinators staff the Education Program. All educational materials and lesson plans used in the District’s Education Program meet the California Department of Education Content Standards guidelines.
The VECMobile is a prominent part of the District’s educational program. Recognized for its scientific learning objectives and hands-on student activities, the VECMobile has established itself as an outstanding science education resource throughout the Greater Los Angeles County area. This mobile education unit is the first of its kind in the nation, aimed at teaching fourth and fifth-grade elementary students about vectors and vector-borne diseases. This unique, 35-foot traveling RV classroom includes four on-board science stations and an “Exploratorium Research Center” classroom component.
The on-site District Field Trip is another well-received educational program. Field trip participants circulate through hands-on, scientific, learning stations staffed by District biologists and technicians. Field trips are open to third-grade through twelfth-grade students and adults and can accommodate approximately 100 people. The District limits field trip scheduling to the winter season, November through February.
The Vector Inspector Classroom Visit may be scheduled for individual classroom lessons or multi-class, PowerPoint assemblies and are open to fourth-grade through eighth-grade students. Lessons cover mosquito anatomy, life cycle and habitat, effect of mosquitoes on humans, the disease transmission cycle, and mosquito control. A 28-page activity book is provided for each student and each teacher receives a Teacher’s Guide.
Education Program Promotional Flyer 2012-2013
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