One of the biggest efforts of the NEVBD is to connect partners across the Northeast in a Community of Practice, sharing knowledge, resources, and fostering new collaborations. Our goal is to create an interactive network of professionals who can work together to reduce vector populations and lower the risk of vector-borne diseases for the region.

What is a Community of Practice?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes a community of practice as providing ‘a group of people who share a concern, a set of problems, or a passion about a topic, and who deepen their knowledge and expertise by interacting on an ongoing basis.’ A community of practice has three core elements:

  1. Community - the group of people who come together with a common interest, sharing their perspectives and knowledge with one another
  2. Domain - the shared interest that provides the incentive and passion for the group to come together
  3. Practice - the best practices and standards the group agrees to use to address problems and further the community’s mission and goals

Explore our Community of Practice resources:

NEVBD-Sponsored Programming for Vector-Borne Disease Professionals

NEVBD Annual Meeting:

We host an Annual Meeting for the Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases at the start of each year. This meeting is specifically designed to support the engagement of our public health and vector control partners across the region with the academic research community across the region. We share regional updates on vector surveillance and control activities, results of applied research initiatives, and brainstorm new approaches to tackling vector-borne disease issues experiences by our communities. The Annual Meeting is also a time when our network sets priorities for the coming year. You can access the Annual Meeting reports from previous years through our About or by visiting the Cornell eCommons digital archive for NEVBD.

We prioritize the participation of our public health and vector control partners in the Northeast in the Annual Meeting. For this reason, attendance to the NEVBD Annual Meeting is not open to the broad community. If you are interested in attending the next NEVBD Annual Meeting, please reach out to us at for additional details.

NEVBD Pesticide Resistance Monitoring Program:

NEVBD has established a pesticide resistance monitoring network covering the Northeast region to support public health and mosquito control agencies in detecting pesticide resistance in mosquito populations. Visit the Pesticide Resistance Monitoring Program to learn more about the services offered through this program and how to get involved.

NEVBD Training Programs:

NEVBD provides training opportunities that support both current vector-borne disease professionals and the next generation of public health entomologists. Visit our training pages to learn more about these programs:

NEVBD Digital Archive at Cornell eCommons

NEVBD has created several resource compendiums through the Cornell eCommons digital repository platform. These compendiums include:

  • Asian Longhorned Tick Resources - Collection includes digital and print media resources related to the invasive Asian longhorned tick, Haemaphysalis longicornis
  • NEVBD Newsletters, Reports and Print Media - Collection includes NEVBD newsletters, educational print media, annual progress and strategic planning reports, and final reports from NEVBD community of practice initiatives
  • Resistance Monitoring Program - Collection includes technical documentation for the pesticide resistance monitoring program operated through NEVBD
  • Technical Documentation - Collection includes technical documentation and fact sheets relevant to vector surveillance and control operations in the Northeast region
  • Webinars and Digital Media - Collection includes webinars and other digital media products developed through NEVBD

NEVBD Newsletters and Social Media

NEVBD Newsletters:

NEVBD shares updates on the latest vector-borne disease news, programming updates, and spotlights on collaborators in our region through two newsletters.

Our Friday e-newsletter, NEVBD Weekly Announcements, provides a quick snapshot of vector-borne disease research highlights, news stories, and training and career opportunities. You can sign up for this e-newsletter by visiting our NEVBD Weekly Announcements Sign-up Form.

We also issue our NEVBD Quarterly Digest newsletter at the end of each quarter. The NEVBD Quarterly Digest provides in-depth highlights of NEVBD applied research programs, specifically highlighting the work done by our graduate and postdoctoral trainees. You can check out previous issues of the NEVBD Quarterly Digest by visiting our digital archives at Cornell eCommons. We also send out a digital version of the newsletter through our main listserv. Sign-up here!

NEVBD Social Media:

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Community Resources to Identify, Prevent and Report Mosquito and Tick Vectors

Learn more about the Mosquito and Tick Vectors Important to Human Health in the Northeast:

Mosquitoes of the Northeast
Ticks of the Northeast