Connecting Climate Change, Mosquitoes, and Community Health

On December 8, 2021, Dr. Rusty Low and Theresa Schwerin from the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies presented a webinar for the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) on the connections between NASA climate change science, citizen science observations (GLOBE Mosquito Habitat Mapper and Land Cover), and mosquito-borne disease, including cutting-edge research related to machine learning and artificial intelligence. During the webinar, participants learned about several resources and opportunities relevant to library and health professionals and researchers (scientific data, databases, and scientific publications) and outreach support (webinars, reference materials, multimedia, and hands-on activities). NNLM is comprised of regional offices that are the outreach field force for the NIH National Library of Medicine. 54 participants from 13 states participated in the wevinar and included NNLM staff; librarians from academic, health science, and public libraries; public health professionals, and researchers. Participants could opt to receive Medical Library Association CEUs for the training or contact hours for health education credentialing. The training received high ratings from participants in NNLM’s post-event survey, with several positive comments, including: “The speaker’s energy was infectious!” and “Until I attended this meeting, I was unaware that mosquitoes could be a data tool for climate change arguments.” This activity was part of the NASA Earth Science Education Collaborative (NESEC) SciAct award (No. NNX16AE28A)

The speaker’s energy was infectious!
Source: NNLM post event survey

Graphic from presentation showing the connection between mosquitoes and climate change