Workshops inform teachers about rat lungworm disease

Hawaii teachers will have the opportunity to participate in the collection of data on rat lungworm disease and gain a better understanding of the potentially deadly ailment at a series of workshops this fall, co-sponsored by the University of Hawaii at Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy.

Kay Howe, education specialist with the College of Pharmacy’s Jarvi Lab, and Franny Brewer, communication director for the Big Island Invasive Species Council, partner to teach this professional development education course for K-12 teachers offered through the state Department of Education.


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

The three courses, which run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, are offered on: Oct. 20-21 at Kalanianiole Elementary School in Hilo (registration required by Oct. 19); Oct. 27-28 at Kanu o ka ‘Aina in Waimea (registration required by Oct. 26); and Nov. 3-4 at Waimea Middle School (registration required by Nov. 2). Teachers must sign-up for course No. SC184011 at


“Participants 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,” Howe said.

For more information, contact Howe at

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