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SECVBD Online Training Courses

SECVBD along with partners in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is pleased to provide an online course in mosquito training for pest managers. Participants who complete the 11 modules in the course will learn to identify and understand the mosquitoes of major importance in the urban environment, their life cycles, the general methods of control, personal protective equipment required for safe insecticide application, and the laws and regulations governing mosquito control for the urban pest management industry.

CEUs have been approved for FL, SC, AL, CO, CA, and AZ at this time. If your state is not listed, and you would still like CEUs for this training, please contact Kaci McCoy prior to enrolling at kd.mccoy@ufl.edu

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This course is an introduction to ticks, tick-borne diseases, and tick control for employees in the urban pest management industry, public health entomologists, and anyone interested in learning more about ticks. Students will learn about tick biology, identification, surveillance methods, tick management, common tick-borne diseases, safety and prevention, and how all of these modules connect to overall public health.

This course is currently approved for  the following CEUs:

  • FDACS CEUs (maximum 2.0) in the following categories: Commercial Lawn & Ornamental; Commercial General Household Pest Control; Public Health
  • California Department of Public Health CEUs: 2.25 hours of Category C (Invertebrates of Public Health)

Do you have questions about this course? Contact Kaci McCoy, Program Coordinator for the CDC Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases by email at: kd.mccoy@ufl.edu 

Enroll here!

Already enrolled? Access the course here.


In-Person Development and Training

We are excited to share with you an opportunity to be trained in all things ‘tick’ at the “Tick University 2022,” which will be held June 1st – 3rd in Nashville, TN! The SECVBD is providing a competitive fellowship to attend the training, which will offset the costs of lodging and/or travel for select applicants.

  • About the Tick University: The Tick University is part of the SECVBD’s Southeast Tickborne Emergent Pathogen Surveillance (STEPS) program. The training will be hosted by Dr. Abelardo Moncayo (TN DOH) and held at the Tennessee Department of Health Laboratory Services in Nashville, TN on June 1st – June 3rd, 2022.

We are excited to provide this training for individuals who have career trajectories aligned with public health entomology and have an interest in tick and tickborne pathogen surveillance. Topics to be covered will include practical overviews of tick biology, tick identification, tickborne diseases, and nationally-relevant current topics, as well as hands-on training in field collection methods, tick identification practice, and laboratory processing demonstrations.

  • About the Tick University Fellowship: The SECVBD is providing a competitive fellowship to attend the training, which will offset the costs of lodging and/or travel. Selected individuals will receive reimbursements of approved accommodation and/or travel fees, up to $500 per person. 

Biology of Vector-borne Diseases course

The Center for Health in the Human Ecosystem hosts the annual Biology of Vector-borne Diseases six-day course. This course provides accessible, condensed training and “knowledge networking” for advanced graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and professionals to ensure competency in basic biology, current trends and developments, and practical knowledge for U.S. and global vector-borne diseases of plants, animals and humans. We seek to train the next generation of scientists and help working professionals to more effectively address current and emerging threats with holistic approaches and a strong network of collaborators and mentors.

The course is both lecture- and discussion-based and is delivered by internationally recognized experts, with integrated case studies of emerging vector-borne pathogens to highlight parallels and key distinctions in biology across plant, animal and human vector-borne diseases. This course sets an example of new vision, through leadership of the Center for Health in the Human Ecosystem, to create an enduring community of participants and instructors to expand the impact and sustainability of these approaches.

The fourth annual Biology of Vector-borne Disease course is scheduled for Monday through Saturday, June 13-18, 2022. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance and invited to register for the course. The course registration fee (USD $1,500) includes housing, meals, course materials and social activities. Registration will be due following acceptance into the course.

In the course, we are attempting to break down silos, to move people away from focusing on individual organisms, individual temporal and spatial scales of study and individual pathosystems, to seeing connections and parallels among all of these.

Read more and apply here!


Online Professional Development and Training

Mosquito control is science-based. Mosquito control professionals use observation of mosquito populations, evaluation of novel control technology and predictive modeling to determine the best way to manage mosquito populations and prevent pathogen transmission. Mosquito control has benefited from a long history of research within mosquito abatement agencies, at public and private universities, and at other qualified research institutions examining how to improve mosquito control to provide a better quality of life for the public.

In 2015, the American Mosquito Control Association was approached to begin administering the Mosquito Research Foundation. Re-named the AMCA Research Fund, the new program seeks to fund research that will lead to new tools and strategies for mosquito surveillance and control, ultimately protecting the public from mosquito-borne disease and discomfort from mosquito bites. Priority research areas include:

  • Mosquito behavior and ecology
  • Arbovirus transmission
  • Chronic and/or acute impact of pesticides on target and non-target organisms
  • Novel methods of domestic and/or urban mosquito surveillance and control
  • Novel methods of arbovirus surveillance, control, and risk prediction
  • Adulticides and/or larvicides: new products research
  • Pesticide efficacy and/or resistance

 

REQUEST FOR PRE-PROPOSALS

THE DEADLINE FOR 2023 PRE-PROPOSALS IS FRIDAY, 24 JUNE 2021.

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR PRE-PROPOSAL*

*Please email this completed document to mmacnee@mosquito.org

GOALS

The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) Research Fund invites new pre-proposals for research on mosquito control and related topics for funding for calendar year 2023

AMCA® is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to providing leadership, information, and education leading to the enhancement of public health and quality of life through the suppression of mosquitoes.

The AMCA Research Fund is devoted to funding research that will lead to new tools and strategies for mosquito surveillance and control and ultimately protecting the public from mosquito-borne disease and discomfort from mosquito bites.

 

PRIORITY AREAS

Highlight partnerships – especially with districts and large groups to make this work. 

  • Characterize the attributes of communities (e.g., socioeconomic, education level, geographic, age, other) that support mosquito control
  • Analyze gaps in vector control educational resources – similar to CDC Northeast Regional Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases https://ecommons.cornell.edu/handle/1813/104251
  • Evaluate the most effective communication techniques about mosquito control and disease prevention that lead to behavioral by communities
  • Examine the synergy of community education in conjunction with chemical, biological, and/or physical control methods
  • Identification of effective ways to communicate risk to community members and non-scientists
  • Developing public facing data/hazard graphics and studying their impacts on public perception (how effective are the new tools that we have; what gaps are still present)
  • Assessing strategies to limit chemophobia in a community/population

More specifically, AMCARF priority areas for this funding cycle include but are not limited to projects investigating:

New Communication Tools – Identification/development of new communication tools/techniques/graphics/media that more actively engage non-scientists and community members in the fight against public-health vector disease (projects must have a significant research component evaluating the efficacy of these tools or culminating in their development, preferably for multiple communities)

Understanding Risk Perception – projects focused on how communities perceive risk and identifying parameters that lead to more accurate appreciation of the benefit of mosquito control approaches and the risk of mosquito-transmitted pathogens

Synergism by Public Education – research related to evaluating the combined effects of traditional mosquito control approaches and community-wide education programs on reducing mosquitoes/mosquito-borne disease in a given area

Limiting Misinformation – with misinformation regarding pesticides on the rise on social media and other fora, particular focus will be placed on projects attempting to understand the spread of chemophobia and limiting its harmful effects

For more details, see the website: https://www.mosquito.org/page/researchfund

The PacMOSSI vector surveillance and control course focuses on building capacity for vector surveillance and control of Aedes– and Anopheles-borne diseases in Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICs). The primary audience for the training course is Ministry of Health (MoH) operational and managerial staff in PICs; however, the training may be adapted by any individual interested in upskilling in vector surveillance and control.

The training comprises fully online, self-paced modules. Each module will take about 3 to 5 hours for students to complete. The course comprises a series of interactive web-based units that present key concepts through audio narration, animations, case studies, readings and quizzes to help students achieve the learning outcomes.

The modules will be published online in Moodle (https://pacmossi.moodlecloud.com/). Once enrolled, students will have ongoing access to the course so they can continue to participate in forums and refer to materials as needed.

Learn more here: https://pacmossi.org/training/

Announcing the 2022 CDC West Nile virus (WNV) Forecasting Challenge is open for participation. This is an open forecasting challenge to predict the total number of WNV neuroinvasive disease cases in U.S. counties during the 2022 calendar year. Email vbd-predict@cdc.org for more information and to register a modeling team. Learn more here. 

The two Bioinformatics Resource Centers (BRCs) funded by the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), VEuPathDB and BV-BRC, would like to invite you to attend the Ticks and Tick-Borne Pathogens Open Community Webinar Series.

This joint webinar series focuses on ticks and the bacterial, viral, and eukaryotic pathogens they transmit. Eight webinars will be held on a bi-weekly basis starting on March 8th. Each webinar will focus on specific data, tools, and functionality provided by these NIAID-funded BRCs. To learn more about these webinars and to register to attend please follow this link.

If you would like, please submit feedback or questions to be discussed during the webinars or suggest  datasets to include in our databases by completing this webform. Alternatively, you can also participate live during the webinar.   And, of course, you can always comment or ask for help directly through the two BRC resources (help@veupathdb.org & help@bv-brc.org).

The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) published an update to their Best Practices for Integrated Mosquito Management manual that includes new information on managing Culex species and reducing arbovirus transmission.

See the training manual here!

A free virtual climate change and emerging infectious diseases seminar series hosted by the University at Albany will begin on October 21st, 2021. Please see the seminar schedule for more details and call-in information! 

The Students of Acarology Group (SOA), associated with Acarology Society of America, is currently working to expand their student network and get more students involved. The benefits of SOA include student travel and presentation awards, leadership opportunities in a national level society, research highlighted on social media and being part of a group of supportive peers in acarology. Please see the flyer for more information.  

The New York State Department of Health and University at Albany are hosting a joint seminar series on Climate Change and Emerging Infectious Diseases. Join this group on the third Thursday of the month (unless otherwise noted) at 4 PM EST for presentations on VBDs and climate change.

The full schedule and meeting information can be found here.

Are you a local public health official interested in learning more about how to perform active tick surveillance in your jurisdiction? The I-TICK program is offering online active tick surveillance training this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The focus of this online training is providing you with the knowledge needed to start active tick surveillance programs within your respective jurisdictions.

See full description and access the training here: https://vetmed.illinois.edu/i-tick/2020/06/18/online-tick-surveillance-training-for-local-health-departments/

The Midwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (MCE-VBD) is offering a certificate in Public Health Entomology to recognize and provide basic skills related to the surveillance and management of mosquito- and tick-borne diseases. The certification process is open to anyone affiliated with MCE-VBD partner organizations with interest in developing skills in vector-borne disease surveillance and control.

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The Entomological Society of America Certification Corporation offers two certification programs for professionals who work with insects:

  • Board Certified Entomologist – program for professional entomologists with degrees in entomology or a closely-related field
  • Associate Certified Entomologist – program for pest management professionals with strong training and experience in insect-related work, but without academic training required of professional entomologists

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The e-modules cover basic mosquito biology, surveillance and control with an emphasis on Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus

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A no-cost 11-course learning series developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and partners. Program emphasized the use of integrated pest management (IPM) to address public health pests and vectors that spread disease.

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