I am a Geoscience student at Princeton University, but I originally created this project in high school as a participant in the Young Epidemiology Scholar program.The Lyme Disease Map Project is creating a new paradigm for public health education using Google Maps and social networking. People of all ages can learn about and prevent Lyme disease by sharing stories on a special Google map showing where they contracted the illness. Participation is completely voluntary. Most people who have experienced Lyme disease wish they could have prevented it. They are eager to educate their friends and family on how to prevent contact with ticks, remove them properly and if bitten take action to prevent the disease from developing. Although it was not a winner in the competition, I am continuing to keep the project up and running.
Please share your story by plotting a "pinpoint" on the map. Just click on "Add a Case" and submit your brief story to the site. It will be plotted for you within a few days.
Spread the word! Tell friends about the Lyme Disease Map and share these stories by email, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or any other means. You can join the Facebook Group "Lyme Disease Map Project." The project includes a survey to evaluate how people heard about the website and what motivated them to share their stories. We want to better understand how social media and online resources can be used to form support communities and awareness of chronic illnesses.
Groups interested in participating are welcome to share the site through group emails, websites, newsletters and class room projects. School science and health classes may use the materials on this site and encourage participation in the project. Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops can use the map for service projects, including Eagle projects and Gold awards. If you do use this site for a group project or have any suggestions on how to improve the site, please email me at email@example.com
On a personal note, this project was inspired by seeing my own family members effected by Lyme disease. Even in Massachusetts where Lyme Disease is relatively common, many people do not know how to recognize the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease. I hope this project helps to save you from developing Lyme disease!
Francis X. Campion, MD, FACP
Department of Population Medicine
Harvard Medical School