National Park Service Link NPS-DOI Graphic
spacerInside Public Health Banner
You Are Here:
Topics
dot Home
dot Environmental Health
dot Disease Detection and Response
dot Public Health Protection and Promotion
dot Zoonotic and Environmentally Transmitted Diseases (ZED)
Resources
dot Policies and Documents
dot Frequently Asked Questions
dot Points of Contacts
dot NPS Public Health Newsletters
State/Federal Links
dot Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
dot Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
dot Environmental Protection Agency
dot Food and Drug Administration
dot National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
dot State Health Departments
Email
dot Report a Disease or Illness
dot Contact Us
NPS Only Links
Dot InsideNPS
Dot IPM
Dot Risk Management
Dot Wildlife Health
Many files on this site are in Adobe Acrobat format.
Yellowstone Backcountry Survey
Hot Topics
Arrow Microgrant opportunities to engage Park and health leaders through inspired hikes in America’s National Parks
Arrow Radiological Information Concerning the Japanese Nuclear Situation
Arrow Epidemiologist-in-Residence Job Opportunities
Arrow NPS H1N1 Flu
Arrow H1N1 Briefing Paper
Arrow H1N1 Flu (CDC)
RSS Feeds RSS Feeds

The National Park Service (NPS) Public Health Program is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct a survey exploring the health of park visitors who travel in the backcountry. By BACKCOUNTRY we mean those wilderness areas of the park that (1) require a permit to enter, (2) are reached primarily by hiking, boating, or horseback, and (3) lack most facilities and services. Only those people who traveled in the backcountry at Yellowstone National Park between May 1, 2008 and October 31, 2008 and whose names are listed on the backcountry permits are eligible to participate in this survey. These people are being contacted about the survey as they come to one of nine Yellowstone National Park offices to get their backcountry permits.

Every year, many people enjoy visiting remote backcountry areas throughout the United States. Unfortunately, people also become ill or injured while traveling in the backcountry. However, even though illnesses and injuries occur, little information is available about specific activities and situations that increase the risk for these conditions.

The NPS Public Health Program and CDC are conducting this survey to help identify these risks. This information will help the NPS Public Health Program and CDC strengthen evidence-based guidelines for backcountry health and sanitation practices. These guidelines will help protect future park users from illness and injury while they enjoy their backcountry experiences.

If you have any questions about this study or your rights as a participant please call:

National Park Service Public Health Program
Please call George Larsen at 307-344-2273 or Captain Charles Higgins at 202-513-7217.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Study questions: Please call Dr. Sharon Roy at 770-488-4412

Your rights as a participant: Please call CDC's Deputy Associate Director for Science at 1-800-584-8814 and leave a message including your name and phone number. Say you are calling about the Division of Parasitic Diseases' web-based survey of Yellowstone National Park Backcountry Users (protocol # 4583). Someone will call you back as soon as possible.

Disclaimer | Accessibility | World Heritage | Privacy | FOIA | Notices | NPS.gov | DOI.gov | USA.gov | No Fear Act | Diversity