The Annual Tick Workshop was a collaboration between the U. S. National Tick Collection at the James H. Oliver, Jr., Institute for Coastal Plain Science (Georgia Southern University) and the CDC Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases (SECVBD) held in 2018 and 2019 at Georgia Southern University (Statesboro, GA). We thank Dr. Lorenza Beati, GSU Professor and Curator of the U.S. National Tick Collection, for her effort hosting and coordinating the training. The SECVBD provided support to offset costs associated with the Workshop.
Mission statement for the Tick Workshop: If we are to respond appropriately to vector-borne disease threats in the United States, it is critical that existing skills and knowledge are conveyed to the next generation of public health entomologists. In the same vein, advanced research findings must find its way back in the form of comprehensible, operationally sound “best practices”. Professional training for individuals who have career trajectories aligned with public health entomology must have varying levels to permit the growth of the trainee intellectually and as a result the expansion of the discipline as a whole.