Essential Service #8: Assure a Competent Environmental Health and Vector Control Workforce

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Assure a competent environmental public health workforce

This essential service requires the assurance of a workforce that is adequately competent to meet the needs for the community's public health and vector services.  Conducting assessments of the members of local, state and tribal health workforce is necessary to maintain standards, to improve the efficiency for professional licensure/credentialing and ability to incorporate the Essential Public Health Service into the systems. 

Vector program activities that fit into Essential Service #8 include, but aren’t limited to:

  1. Providing access to education and training to workforce
  2. Ensure workforce has appropriate certification


NEHA Informational Map/Surveillance & Control Methods: Utilize this resource to identify what vectors are of concern in your area, and then learn more about the vectors, including surveillance and control methods. View Mosquito Surveillance and Control or Rodent Surveillance and Control methods as well as basic information on each vector type.

Professional Development Opportunities This list includes career development pathways, credentials, professional organizations, and training opportunities

Vector Control for Environmental Health Professionals (VCEHP)  Online course providing an understanding of the biology and control of vectors and public health pests

TRAIN Learning Network Contains 28 pest/vector control courses for environmental health professionals


Tools to Drive Quality Improvement of Vector Control Services Discusses the Public Health Foundation (PHF) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's collaboration with five local health departments to identify interventions and implement quality improvement projects for their vector control services

Vector Control Tools and Resources for Environmental Health Professionals Information about vector control programs, classes for professionals, and a virtual vector control conference from the Environmental Health Services Branch of the CDC


Student Intern Programs Can Enhance Mosquito Control Operations  Article about the student intern program at the Anastasia Mosquito Control District (AMCD) in St Augustine, FL

Benefits and Accomplishments Gained from Outside Collaborations at Anastasia Mosquito Control District Article about the Anastasia Mosquito Control District's collaborations with private agencies, domestic and international institutes, and universities 

The 3rd International Forum for Surveillance and Control of Mosquitoes and Mosquito-Borne Diseases Article about the 3rd International Forum for Surveillance and Control of Mosquitoes and Mosquito-borne Diseases held in Suzhou, Jiangsu, China

Vector-Borne Disease Control Directory CDC Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (DVBD) Control Directory