Vector Control Collaborative at Vector Week 2020
NACCHO supports local health departments and vector control organizations in protecting their communities from the bacterial and viral diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, ticks, rodents, and other emerging vectors. The Vector Control Collaborative (VCC) provides technical assistance to vector programs by pairing them with mentors that have established capabilities in mosquito and tick management.
The National Association and County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) convened the VCC’s third cohort for an in-person meeting during Vector Week 2020 in Ft. Collins, CO. The goal of this meeting was to inform NACCHO and the CDC of the challenges, strategies, and resources for conducting vector surveillance and control at the local level. Attendees also shared lessons learned, and opportunities for program improvement through a joint-presentation with their mentorship partner and participation in a program focus group. Lastly, attendees were given presentations from NACCHO, CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, and the Washington State Department of Health's Zoonotic Disease Program on technical assistance resources, strategies for program sustainability, and best practices in vector surveillance and control.