COLLABORATORS

Unidad de Control de Vectores de Puerto Rico

Field Technicians Install and keep the surveillance traps AGO that are used to monitor the abundance of the mosquito population in the communities. The information gathered from these traps is registered using an application of ArcGIS, that integrates it with the data collected in the field. Additionally, they are trained to identify and manage mosquito breeding sites.

José Sánchez – Operation Manager

Raitza Alvarado

Maran Cruz

Edgar Delgado

Nexilianne Borrero

They are trained to identify the mosquitos based on their physical characteristics. The technicians identify and count the number of mosquitoes present in the surveillance traps AGO. This information is registered using an application called the ArcGIS, that integrates the data collected from the field.

Nicole Nazario – Laboratory Supervisor

Natalia Colón

Christian Sánchez

Support the development of programs of community reach and initiatives of behavioral change.

Noemí Martínez

Our promoters work directly with the communities in the initiatives of surveillance and vector control, including community reach and recruitment for the activities of the Unit.

Brunilda Sabater

Orlando Rodríguez

Lohary Munet

Jaime Medina

Reinaldo Rivera

July Marie Santiago

The community mobilization team of the Unit works to educate and empower everyone to take direct and significant action in the control of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. They are responsible for identifying and cultivating strong relationships with community leaders, faith-based organizations, local government, local businesses, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations.

Rafael A. Saavedra, MPH

Gabriela Algarín, MPH

Julieanne Miranda-Bermudez, DrPHc, MS

Natasha de León-Rodríguez, PhD

Julieanne Miranda-Bermúdez, DrPHc, MS

Julieanne Miranda Bermúdez has a master’s in public health with a concentration in environmental health from the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus. Currently is a candidate to a Ph.D. degree in public health with concentration in environmental health from the same institution. Her interest is work to mobilize and empower the communities about health problems, specifically, related to the mosquito Aedes aegypti mosquito

The Educational Program of the Puerto Rico Vector Control Unit goal is to empower students, parents, and teachers to employ a direct role against the Aedes aegypti mosquito. They work on public and private schools from K-12 to educate about biology, behavior, and control of the Aedes Aegypti.

Jania García, MPH

Verónica Rodríguez

The Dr. Natasha DeLeón-Rodríguez, Supervisor of the Educational Program, has a Ph.D. degree on environmental microbiology from Georgia Institute of Technology. She currently works as Supervisor of the Educational Program. Her interest is to promote formal education in science technology, engineering, and math in the student populations in Puerto Rico.

Marianyoly Ortíz, Ph.D., Associate Director

Grayson Brown, Ph.D., Executive Director

Dr. Marianyoly Ortíz, Associate Director of the PRVCU, has a Ph.D. degree on Environmental Sciences and microbiology from the University of Arizona.

Ponce Research Institute

Ponce Research Institute as an educational entity is committed with COPA Project in promoting the care and health of people at communities in Ponce, Puerto Rico. The COPA Project offices are located in the Ponce Research Institute building where the COPA team makes all the preparations to start their daily tasks. The COPA Project, together with the Ponce Research Institute, are educating 90 communities in 14 areas of Ponce, Puerto Rico, involving residents in the reduction of mosquito breeding sites and the prevention of arboviral diseases such as dengue, Zika, and chikungunya, which are transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

From October 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) works with the Project COPA in community activities, including focus groups and discussions with community leaders to hear their views, understand how the communities are organized and keep them informed about the Project COPA. Samples taken during the visits of the Project COPA are analyzed for dengue at the laboratory of the CDC at San Juan. The CDC also participate in the evaluation of the acceptability, feasibility and impact of interventions for the control of mosquitoes.

Contacto

Adress: Proyecto COPA. 395 Dr. Luis F. Salas Street. Research Building 

Ponce PR, 00716

Phone: (787) 221-9561

Email: proyectoCOPA@psm.educ

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