After the active part of the project was completed, it now became a matter of periodic re-assessment and continued maintenance in the program areas. Where additional facets of the program had to be carried out again, they were scheduled and completed.


What was learned from the community rodent control project was that by working with the community, other governmental agencies and various stakeholders, limited numbers of environmental health specialists can help interested communities successfully complete programs and reduce or resolve environmental problems. This project, which was carried out between 1959 and 1963, had all of the factors that comprise good programming in the present and for the future. In fact, the program was so successful that it became as previously stated a model for the War on Poverty Rodent Control Program approved by President Johnson, who was horrified by the fact that in our affluent nation children were being attacked, injured, and killed by rats. The City of Philadelphia received many millions of dollars not only to continue the efforts of this program but also to train others in community rodent control.

Also, the local block leaders became the initiating force that helped to successfully complete a program of immunization of children in the 60 city blocks that were covered by the rodent control effort. City buses were converted into mobile immunization units staffed by doctors and nurses who immunized 50,000 children over 2 days in the rodent control area.

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