Vector-Borne Disease Regional Centers of Excellence

In 2017, five universities were established as regional centers of excellence (COE) to help prevent and rapidly respond to emerging vector-borne diseases across the United States. CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (DVBD) awarded a total of $48 million for five years, through 2021, to these universities.

Goals of the COEs

  • Build effective collaboration between academic communities and public health organizations at federal, state, and local levels for surveillance, prevention, and response.
  • Train public health entomologists in the knowledge and skills required to address vector-borne disease concerns.
  • Conduct research to develop and validate effective prevention and control tools and methods and to anticipate and respond to disease outbreaks.
  • Provide regional support to enhance public health prevention and response efforts.

The Five COEs

The Northeast Regional COEexternal icon at Cornell University

The Pacific Southwest COEexternal icon at the University of California, Davis and Riverside

The Southeastern Regional COEexternal icon at the University of Florida

The Western Gulf COEexternal icon at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston

The Midwest COEexternal icon at the University of Wisconsin, Madison