NACCHO supports local health departments in protecting their communities from the bacterial and viral diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, ticks, rodents, and other emerging vectors. Through development of new tools and resources, policy statements, Stories from the Field, and more, NACCHO helps local health departments increase their capacity to address existing and emerging issues related to vector control and integrated pest management.
Mosquito Control in Local Health Departments
Local health departments and other local agencies are on the front lines of defense against mosquito-transmitted diseases like Zika Virus (ZIKV) and West Nile Virus (WNV). NACCHO's baseline assessment revealed that the majority (84%) of local agencies are not prepared for a mosquito-borne virus outbreak. Reviewing the areas in which vector control programs need improvement can inform decision-makers of the top vector control priorities when allocating resources.
Top Vector Control Priorities:
- Pesticide resistance testing;
- Treating based on surveillance data;
- Routine mosquito surveillance and species identification;
- Routine species-specific vector control;
- Larviciding and/or adulticiding; and
- Non-chemical vector control (e.g., biological, source reduction, water management).
NACCHO's assessment of mosquito control and surveillance activities in Zika virus priority jurisdictions provided important findings. These findings supported the formation of a Vector Control and Surveillance working group, run by NACCHO, funded by CDC, and comprised of representatives from local vector control organizations as well as subject matter experts. This working group will participate in the following activities:
- Discuss and share current vector control and surveillance plans;
- Identify challenges, resources used, and resources needed related to Zika response at the local level;
- Share public information communications tools and resources related to Zika with NACCHO and other state and local health officials; and
- Inform, review, and comment on a NACCHO-developed technical assistance program focused on improving vector control and surveillance capabilities at the local level.
For more information on NACCHO's Vector Control and Surveillance working group, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Local health departments need effective communications methods to promote healthy behavior in the community, build support for local public health efforts, increase impact and influence with policymakers, the media and the public, and provide models of practice for other public health professionals. To ensure that your message resonates with your intended audience, it must be dynamic and memorable. The most effective way to do that is with a story.
You can use these stories:
- Pitch your story to the media. Media outlets love stories with emotional appeals, especially if they fit within certain time-tested genres (i.e., heroes and villains, scrappy underdogs, overcoming huge odds, etc.).
- See if you can sway support within local government for your program by coming prepared with a story the next time you meet with elected officials.
- Start off your next presentation with a story instead of statistics and watch the expressions in the room change from bored to intrigued.
Tell Your Story today!
Click below to access NACCHO's policy statements on mosquito control and vector-borne diseases.
NACCHO hosted the 2018 Vector Control Summit, "Itching to Improve: Building Local Mosquito Control Capacity," on March 13 – 15, 2018, in Orlando, Florida. The summit focused on building mosquito control capabilities in local jurisdictions.
View presentations, photos, and more from the summit here.