Matthew Hicks has been recognized with an Arkansas Senate citation for his work with the Arkansas Health Department.

Hicks, an environmental health specialist with AHD in Crawford County, received an award of excellence from the Arkansas Public Health Association at its annual meeting held in Little Rock on May 11.

State Sen. Terry Rice presented the Senate citation to Hicks at the June 30 dedication in Freedom Park in downtown Van Buren.

The award was given for Hicks’ participation in the department’s mosquito trapping and surveillance program which has formed the basis for mosquito surveillance in the entire state of Arkansas.

Hicks’ work revolved around the trapping, identification and certification of all mosquitoes in the state, and will be invaluable in particular to the control and eradication of the zika virus threat.

“The members of the Arkansas Senate wish to join Sen. Terry Rice in commending his outstanding work in the mosquito surveillance program that has earned for him this very special recognition,” the citation reads.