We identify priorities in the areas of research, management, education, and regulation, and together rank these priorities in order of importance via survey. The ranked list of priorities are shared publicly on our website.
The priorities are intended to guide the activities of the Working Group, and also serve as a resource for others such as grant applicants and funders, who can reference these stakeholder-identified priorities in their RFAs and applications. The priorities are periodically updated as needed, typically on an annual basis. The overarching priorities outlined in the Working Group Charter are:
- Educate Policy Makers about tick-borne disease and public policy options including a national strategy for reducing tick-borne diseases.
- Improve community education on tick ecology, prevention and management by building partnerships with diverse stakeholders about IPM strategies for managing tick-borne diseases and maintaining a safe and healthy environment.
- Increase designated tick-borne diseases funding for research and state and county public health departments for education and surveillance.
- Develop and promote adoption of ITM strategies to reduce risk of exposure to ticks and pathogens and minimize risks associated with the use of acaricides; partner with industry to integrate data-driven ITM solutions.
- Coordinate with the Federal Tick-Borne Disease IPM Workgroup to complement activities and facilitate collaborative initiatives within the working group, especially among academic, government and non-government organizations.