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One Health Summit Scheduled For Nov. 17

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The One Health Commission, in partnership with the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council, will hold the One Health Summit on Nov. 17 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.

The purpose of the summit is to raise awareness of the importance of enhanced integration of human health, animal health and ecosystem health sciences. The summit also aims to foster communication and collaboration among the participants to more effectively work to build the One Health model.

The commission describes One Health as the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines to obtain optimal health for people, animals and the environment.

Rajiv Shah, MD, under secretary for research, education and economics at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will deliver the keynote address. Dr. Shah was also recently nominated to head the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Other speakers and presenters will include Roger Mahr, DVM, chief executive officer of the One Health Commission; Rear Admiral Ali Khan, MD, acting director of the National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne and Enteric Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Joshua Sharfstein, MD, principal deputy commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Allen Dearry, Ph.D., associate director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and director of the Office of Environmental Public Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; and Angela Kreps, president and chief executive officer of the Kansas Bioscience Organization.

Summit topics will include “One Health: A New Paradigm to Address Today’s Triple Threat to Health,” by Lonnie King, DVM, dean of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine; “Wildlife Diseases in the U.S. – A State Perspective,” by David Schad, director of the Division of Fish and Wildlife, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; “Achieving an Effective One Health Workforce: Challenges and Opportunities,” by Marguerite Pappaioanou, DVM, Ph.D., executive director of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges; and “One Health Action in Africa: Improving Animal Health Systems for Public Health, Food Security and Economic Development,” by Karen Becker, DVM, senior veterinary public health advisor for the U.S. Agency for International Development, Africa Bureau, Office of Sustainable Development.

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The event is free to the public.

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