1. Bed Bug Coalition report
BED BUG TASK FORCE Meeting Wednesday June 17, 2011 – Minutes
Very little happening as the Coalition is meeting but few decisions or actions have taken place or been finalized, except for the bed bug website and phone number. Dave Funk has gone to Toronto to examine methods being used there to deal with the BB infestation
Next meeting is June 30th
2. Social Planning Council
The SPCW has a contract with the Department of Healthy Living, Seniors and Youth to assist the Task Force and the Coalition to deal with the BB infestation. For $15,000 the SPCW will contract a consultant to research what Winnipeg residents need to deal with the infestation and to advise the government on what should be done. The contract is for three months and will end with a report to the Government in September.
Sue Hemphill has been hired to work on the contract and will be reporting on her work to the Task Force at each meeting. She will also be contacting individuals and agencies involved in dealing with the BB infestation. She will be gathering information on what residents Know about BBs, what their Attitude is about the infestation and what Practices are available for remedial action (this is a basic KAP research model).
We offered some suggested questions that could be part of her questionnaires; Have you had BBs? If so, how often? Did you know where to get help? How did you deal with the BBs?
How did you feel you found BBs in your place? Have you changed your habits to avoid BBs? Did you need to get help? Who helped you deal with the BBs? Are you more concerned or cautious now to avoid contact with BBs?
3. Information Sharing
Paula has been invited to All Saints Church to discuss BBs and what can be done about the infestation for their constituents. She will follow up.
4. Next meeting July 7th, 1:30 to 3:30 at SPCW.