Zika Action Day Toolkit
This toolkit is designed to help guide health departments and other organizations, including community-based organizations, interested in holding a Zika community engagement event. Community engagement to reduce mosquito populations and protect against mosquito bites can help efforts to slow the spread of Zika virus infections (Zika) and other diseases spread by mosquitoes. Holding a successful community action event can inform and educate communities about Zika prevention behaviors, provide trustworthy and accurate information about Zika virus, and offer the necessary tools and resources for taking action to prevent mosquito-borne infections.
An effective public health response involves the whole community, including the local health authority (typically the state or local health department) and, potentially, members of the private sector. Public-private partnerships may offer a good way to leverage the products and organizations that communities know and trust to promote important public health messages and inform health behaviors to slow the spread of Zika.
Consider the following questions to determine whether a public-private sponsored community event could be the right approach for your community:
- Does your organization have at least one staff member and supporting leadership who can commit to designing and executing a community event?
- If yes, what resources can your organization provide?
- What resources do you need from the community or partners?
- Can a private partnership help advance your goals for the community event?
- How will your organization promote the event?
- What are the costs and how will these costs be covered?
As with all activities initiated by a state or local health department, it is important for you to know and follow the rules and regulations for interacting with private partners and for conducting community events.