Workshops inform Hawai╩╗i teachers about Rat Lungworm Disease

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Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669

For Immediate Release

Hawai╩╗i teachers will have the opportunity to participate in the collection of data on Rat Lungworm Disease (RLW) as well as gain a better understanding of the potentially deadly disease at a series of workshops this fall, co-sponsored by the University of Hawai╩╗i at Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy.

Kay Howe, education specialist with the DKICP Jarvi Lab, and Franny Brewer, communication director for the Big Island Invasive Species Council, partner to teach this Professional Development Education (PDE) course for K-12 teachers offered through the Hawai╩╗i Department of Education.

A one-day, not-for-credit workshop that provides an overview of the curriculum and materials is on September 29 at Hawai╩╗i Preparatory Academy in Waimea. To register, contact Howe at

The three PDE courses, which run from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. each day, are offered on: October 20-21 at Kalanianiole Elementary School in Hilo (registration required by October 19); October 27-28 at Kanu o ka `Aina in Waimea (registration required by October 26); and November 3-4 in Waimea Middle School (registration required by November 2). Teachers must sign-up for course #SC184011 at

ÔÇťParticipants will become educators for their communities as they will have a solid understanding of all aspects of the issue of rat lungworm and Rat Lungworm Disease,ÔÇŁ Howe said.

In addition to DKICP, the workshops are co-sponsored by the Hawai╩╗i State Department of Health, ÔÇśIolani Schools, the O`ahu Farm to School Network and the Hawai╩╗i Farm to School HUI.

For more information, contact Howe at

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