Adress: Proyecto COPA. 395 Dr. Luis F. Salas Street. Research Building
Ponce PR, 00716
Phone: (787) 221-9561
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
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
Support the development of programs of community reach and initiatives of behavioral change.
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.
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
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 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.