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Conference & Meeting Presentations

Statewide Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) Meeting, November 9th, 2012

Where: Cliff Castle Casino and Hotel, Yavapai-Apache Nation, Camp Verde, AZ

When: Friday, November 9, 2012, 8:15 AM – 5:00 PM

Conference AgendaPDF

The meeting included tribal updates on:

  1. RMSF status to include human cases and seropositive dogs surveys
  2. RMSF activities to include what has been done, how the activities are carried out and by who, how were outside partners utilized
  3. Need for resources to address all identified issues and roadblocks


Public Health "Call to Action"

  • Veterinarian - Jennifer McQuiston, CDC
  • Clinical - Dr. Joanna Regan, CDC

Note: For a copy of the presentation, please contact Joanna Regan or Jennifer McQuiston

San Carlos Apache Tribe Rodeo Project Report

  • Anita Brock, Epidemiology Program Manager, Department of Health & Human Services, SCAT
  • Powerpoint | PDF

Gila River Indian Community Model Environmental Monitoring Tribal Program

  • Community Education James Tree, Program Manager, Community Health Ed.
  • Environmental Health Daniel Hoyt, Sr. Sanitarian
  • Epidemiology/Disease Surveillance Cheryl Shuy, Communicable Disease Nurse
  • Animal Control Adolph Robles, Sr. Animal Control Officer, and Dr. Joseph Bahe, Veterinarian
  • Powerpoint | PDF

Creating a Statewide RMSF Plan - Committee Presentations

  • Environmental Tick Control/Surveillance Committee
    Development of programs for tick surveillance, risk assessment, and best practices on tick control
    • Jamie Ritchey, MPH, Ph.D, ITCA Epidemiology Center Director, Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA), Committee Chair
    • Daniel Hoyt, REHS, Senior Sanitarian, Gila River Indian Community
    • Mark Miller, Senior Environmental Health Officer, CDC National Center for Environmental Health
    • Kenny Hicks, RS, MPH, PAO, Acting Director, Environmental Health Services, Area Injury Prevention Specialist
    • Ramona Antone-Nez, Director, Navajo Epidemiology Center
    • Tim Shelhamer, LTJG, USPHS, Environmental Health Officer, San Carlos Service Unit HIS
    • Yeshimebet Tulu, MD, MPH, Environmental Health Programs Manager, Gila River Indian Community
    • Justin A. Gerding, LCDR, US Public Health Service, Environmental Health Office
    • Powerpoint | PDF
  • Healthcare Committee
    Best practices on reporting to tribal, state, and local public health, investigation and follow-up of suspect RMSF cases, treating human RMSF cases and addressing clinical education
    • Glenda Davis, Program Director, Navajo Veterinary & Livestock Program, Committee Chair
    • Brian Hamilton, RN, BSN, LCDR, Infection Control Officer, IHS/PHXSCSU
    • Darren Vicenti, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Hopi Health Care Center
    • David Civic, PAO, Director, Quality Management
    • Eva Ybarra, PHEP Coordinator, Tohono O'odham Nation
    • Jennifer McQuiston, DVM, MS, DACVPM, Epidemiology and Diagnostics Activity Leader, Rickettsial Zoonoses Branch, CDC
    • Marc Traeger, MD, Medical Officer, Acting Clinical Director IHS/PHXWIH, Phoenix Indian Health Service
    • Powerpoint | PDF
  • Community Education Committee
    Community outreach education toolkit and outreach/education best practices
    • Jalen Redhair, Research Assistant, Navajo Epidemiology Center, Committee Chair
    • James Tree, Community Health & Prevention Program Manager, Gila River Health Resource Department
    • Wayne Ivins, CHR/CNA/RMSF Facilitator, WMAT CHR Program
    • Delson Liston, Program Manager, Division of Community Health Services
    • Jim Williams, MEd, MA, Public Health Educator, Phoenix Service Unit-HIS
    • Cye Goseyun, Animal Control Officer, San Carlos Apache Animal Control
    • Powerpoint | PDF
  • Animal Control/Veterinary Program Committee
    Developmental steps and resource needs for the development of comprehensive animal control programs
    • Adolph Robles, Senior Animal Control Officer, Gila River Indian Community Animal Control Program, Committee Chair
    • Joseph Bahe, DVM, Veterinarian, Gila River Indian Community
    • Pamela Lalo, Veterinary Technician, Hopi Veterinary Service
    • Karter Neal, DVM, Veterinarian, Medical Director
    • Tyrone Osife, Tohono O'odham Nation, Police Department
    • Regina Hovet, San Carlos Apache Tribe
    • Powerpoint | PDF
  • Finance and Budget Committee
    Budgets to support a comprehensive RMSF control program encompassing animal control, environmental surveillance, tick control, community outreach/education, public health surveillance/investigation, and clinical education
    • Charlene Hamilton, Director, WMAT Division of Health Programs, Committee Chair
    • Velda Williams, Executive Director Department of Health & Human Services, San Carlos Apache Tribe
    • Laverne Dallas, Health Resource Department Director, Gila River Indian Community
    • Anita Brock, MPH, Epidemiology Program Manager, San Carlos Apache Tribe
    • Jennie Becenti, Executive Director, Department of Health & Human Services, Tohono O'odham Nation
    • Stephen Piontkowski, District Environmental Health Officer, Indian Health Service
    • Powerpoint | PDF


  • Arizona Department of Health Services
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Indian Health Services


A special thanks to Gila River Indian Community for supplying the continental breakfast, refreshment breaks, and the meeting room and to San Carlos Apache Tribe for supplying a delicious lunch!