PacVec shares training opportunities in vector-borne disease science provided by our partners and affiliations. Explore the current opportunities:
The Virtual Seminar Series on Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, organized by Kathryn Hanley and Nikos Vasilakis will be hosted every second Tuesday of the month at 9 AM PDT/PST from September 2023 to August 2024. Please register in advance for this series.
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation, along with co-sponsors the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the California Department of Public Health, are hosting a scientific workshop on October 5th, 2023, 9 AM – 4 PM, to discuss novel and emerging technologies and research, particularly focused on engineered, sterile insect and related technologies to manage pests. The workshop will be at the California Environmental Protection Agency, 1001 I St., Sacramento, in the Coastal Hearing Room. The workshop will also be available for virtual attendance on Zoom. For questions regarding this event, please contact: Laurie Brajkovich Laurie.Brajkovich@cdpr.ca.gov.
The Tick Academy is the premier event for researchers, educators, students, public health professionals, pest control professionals, public-space managers and citizen scientists interested in learning more about what they can do to stop the spread of ticks and tick-borne diseases in their communities. This virtual event will feature two days (six hours total) of educational webinars featuring presentations from tick experts.
‘EYE on yellow fever’ is a podcast series highlighting the global risks of yellow fever and how the Eliminate Yellow Fever Epidemics (EYE) Strategy is addressing these challenges in the most-affected countries. Experts from different fields of climate change and even outer space explore why and how this disease is in danger of spreading globally and take you inside a concerted global effort to ensure that yellow fever does not become the next big global health threat. The series is available on the WHO website or your preferred podcast app.
PacVec holds monthly seminars that convenes public health and vector control professionals, and features the work of PacVec’s principal investigators, trainees, and visiting researchers that are relevant to the center’s mission. Seminars are held monthly during the academic year from October through June and are available both in-person and via Zoom. To be notified about upcoming seminars, please sign up for our mailing list by clicking subscribe. All seminar announcements include a link to participate remotely via Zoom.
Zoonoses & One Health Updates (ZOHU) Calls are one-hour monthly webinars that provide timely education on zoonotic and infectious diseases, One Health, antimicrobial resistance, food safety, vector-borne diseases, recent outbreaks, and related health threats at the animal-human-environment interface.
- Free Continuing Education for a variety of public health, animal health, and human health professionals. Participants can earn CME, CNE, CEU, CECH, CPH and AAVSB/RACE. Each call is recorded and available online for those unable to attend live sessions.
- Contact us if you have questions or suggestions for future topics.
- Subscribe to the monthly ZOHU Call News and Updates email newsletter.
Archived webinars and presentations are available for ‘members-only’ viewing here.
NEVBD is pausing their in-person component of the Vector Biology Boot Camp for the time being, with the hopes of offering it again in 2023. In lieu of their hands-on program, you can access recorded presentations from the 2021 Virtual Vector Biology Boot Camp available through the Cornell Video on Demand service. Simply complete this user registration form or visit their website to gain access to these recordings.
A new series in the Northeastern IPM Center “The IPM Toolbox” webinar series is focusing on tick integrated pest management strategies.
The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) produces open-access webinars to improve the capacity of environmental health to identify and understand emerging vectors found in the US. The NEHA Vector & Pests Webinars page provides up-to-date information on vector control topics and resources used to protect the public of the transmission of vector-borne diseases.
As part of Penn State Extension’s efforts to educate and share information, educators hosted a 10-part webinar series on ticks and disease prevention from July 9 through September 17, 2020. The webinars were recorded for later viewing and are available at http://extension.psu.edu/tick-webinars.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND TRAININGS
Through a partnership between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Medscape, CDC is excited to announce a new West Nile virus (WNV) clinician training course. Clinicians can register for Diagnosis and Management of West Nile Virus Infection: A Case-Based Approach for FREE through Medscape’s website and receive CME credits for completing the course.
A recent CDC survey found that only a small percentage of clinicians surveyed could correctly identify how to properly diagnose WNV disease. After taking this training, clinicians will be able to correctly identify risk factors and symptoms as well as diagnose and prevent West Nile virus disease. As mosquito season approaches, we hope this will be a valuable tool for clinicians to increase their confidence in recognizing and reporting WNV. CDC would appreciate your help sharing this resource with clinicians in your state or jurisdiction.
The California Association of Public health Laboratory Directors (CAPHLD) is offering Public Health Microbiologist (PHM) training. The mission of the CAPHLD is to improve and protect public health through the promotion and advancement of public health laboratory practice. If you have questions regarding PHM training, please email the PHM training committee at PHMtrainingupdate@gmail.com. Emails are not checked daily, so please be patient in waiting for a response to your question(s).
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, and CA at this time.
The CDC Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases has developed an online tick training course, now available! 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. This self-paced course is eligibile for 2 FDACS CEUs and CDPH CEUs (2.25 hours – Category C). Learn more and enroll for free!
- Course: Biology of Mosquitoes, Ticks, and Other Disease-Causing Arthropods
- Overview: This certificate course provides an overview of the biology of arthropods — both insects and related forms — that impact human health. You will explore the fascinating biology, behaviors, and disease-transmission processes of a range of organisms, with special emphasis on the most important groups, including ticks and mosquitoes. You will also learn about specific diseases associated with these vectors that can be passed on to humans.
- Who Should Take the Course: Appropriate for those working in healthcare and vector-borne disease control, those who train and supervise outdoor workers, and students of vector biology who may not have access to other courses on this topic.
- Commitment: 5-7 hours per week over a four week program
- Website: https://ecornell.cornell.edu/custom/biology-of-mosquitoes-ticks-and-other-disease-causing-arthropods/
- Cost: $399
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.
The Entomological Society of America (ESA) Certification Corporation offers several certification programs for professionals who work with insects:
- Certified IPM Technician
- Public Health Entomology Certificate
- Board Certified Entomologist
- Associate Certified Entomologist
- Associate Certified Entomologist (International)
The e-modules cover basic mosquito biology, surveillance and control with an emphasis on Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. The online training is available for free for both members and non-members.
This is a no-cost, 11-course learning series developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and partners. The program emphasizes the use of integrated pest management (IPM) to address public health pests and vectors that spread disease.
Learn about a wide range of vectors and the diseases they transmit, from the Aedes mosquito and the Zika virus, to the tsetse fly and African sleeping sickness, through a new online course offered by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
The Mosquito Vector Control Association of California (MVCAC) is hosting their 92nd annual conference January 19-24, 2024 at the Portola Hotel and Spa in Monterey Bay, CA. The 2024 conference is following the “Vector Control in the Modern World” theme and will have a full 2.5 days of content!
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The Pacific Southwest Regional Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases is supported through Cooperative Agreement Number 1U01CK000649 between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the University of California, Davis.
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