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Reps. Kurt Schrader(D-OR) and Ted Yoho (R-FL) introduce bipartisan AdvancingEmergency Preparedness Through One Health Act - Sunday, July 21, 2019

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Reps. Schrader and Yoho Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Improve Public Health Preparedness

For Immediate Release 


July 16, 2019

Contact: Larkin Parker, 202-225-5711

Reps. Schrader and Yoho Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Improve Public Health Preparedness


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and Ted Yoho (R-FL) introduced the bipartisan Advancing Emergency Preparedness Through One Health Act. This legislation would improve public health preparedness in the event of an emergency by helping federal agencies implement a “One Health” approach. The One Health concept recognizes that the health of people is connected to the health of animals and the environment.

“As veterinarians, we are uniquely able to recognize the connections between animal and human health, “said Rep. Kurt Schrader, one of three veterinarians currently serving in the United States Congress. “Diseases like rabies, salmonella, West Nile Virus, and avian flu are all examples of diseases that are seen in animals before humans and can be fatal in both. Improving coordination and communication between veterinarians who work with animals every day and federal agencies who can respond to health outbreaks would no doubt have lifesaving consequences.”

“Coordination between government agencies is essential to address, analyze, and eliminate zoonotic outbreaks. As one of three veterinarians in the Congress, I am honored to join Rep. Kurt Schrader in the bipartisan effort to better prepare and prevent human and animal health emergencies,” said Rep. Ted Yoho, one of three veterinarians currently serving in the United States Congress. “The Advancing Emergency Preparedness Through One Health Act is a commonsense, bicameral effort to safeguard against the potentially devastating disease outbreaks between animals and humans.”

Studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that six out of ten infectious diseases were seen in animals before humans. This legislation would significantly improve coordination between veterinarians and doctors by requiring the Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to implement a One Health model.

"The Infectious Diseases Society of America is pleased to endorse the Advancing Emergency Preparedness Through One Health Act, said Dr. Cindy Sears, President of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. “Humans, animals, and the environment interact more than ever before, and a One Health approach is necessary to develop effective solutions to many infectious disease threats. IDSA greatly appreciates that this bill aims to ensure our nation has the necessary workforce, coordination, and expertise to address disease threats in human or animal populations." 

“Veterinarians work on the front lines of disease outbreaks and know firsthand the importance of One Health, and how animal health, public health, and the environment are all connected. We’re grateful to Representatives Schrader and Yoho for their work to advance our capabilities in this area and help us better prepare for and prevent disease outbreaks that can affect humans and animals alike,” said Dr. John de Jong, President of the American Veterinary Medical Association.  



MEDICC Review online [open access publication]: VIEWPOINT - "Increasing Research Productivity across Africa" - Saturday, July 20, 2019

“... stressing the value of transdisciplinary engagement in One Health research. ...” April–July 2019, Vol 21, No 2–3

MEDICC Review online (ISSN 1527-3172) is an open access publication

Increasing Research Productivity across Africa
Bankole K. Oyewole MBChB, et al.

“...Third, prioritize research training in higher education Faculty reviews of curricula and identification of areas for enriching pedagogical methods in classroom and community settings can strengthen their quality and scope. Strict mentorship mandated for undergraduate and graduate research projects can provide students with direct supervision and immediate feedback. Faculty mentors can serve as role models, guiding students to explore basic and applied science disciplines. Visiting professors can be linked with local faculty in related scientific fields, stressing the value of transdisciplinary engagement in One Health research.[2] These networking opportunities can enhance critical analysis and innovation through academic partnerships and co-authored publications. ...” 



About the One Health Initiative 

The One Health concept is a worldwide strategy for expanding interdisciplinary collaborations and communications in all aspects of health care for humans, animals and the environment. The synergism achieved will advance health care for the 21st century and beyond by accelerating biomedical research discoveries, enhancing public health efficacy, expeditiously expanding the scientific knowledge base, and improving medical education and clinical care. When properly implemented, it will help protect and save untold millions of lives in our present and future generations.






One World-One Medicine-One Health

**Addressing the connections between health and the environment—Accelerated biomedical research discoveries—Enhanced public health efficacy—Expanded scientific knowledge base—Improved
medical education and clinical care**

-- ADVANCING HEALTH CARE for the 21st century --
Humans & Animals


A new meaning for 'sick as a dog'? Your pet's health may tell you something about your own [One Health approach] - Wednesday, July 17, 2019


Bacteria associated with hospital infections are found in raw meat: EurekAlert! NEWS RELEASE July 8, 2019 - Monday, July 08, 2019

“The results underscore the fact that many microbes that infect humans can also be transmitted through contaminated food; therefore the need to establish interdisciplinary collaborations between health care for humans, animal health and the environment, an approach known as "One Health."


EurekAlert! is a service of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

News Release 8-Jul-2019

Bacteria associated with hospital infections are found in raw meat

A study, performed with meat samples from Peruvian markets, underscores the fact that many microbes that infect humans can also be transmitted through contaminated food

Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)

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Veterinarians merged with physician educations: Past and present combined into one individual “One Health” examples—a useful conjoined degree program? - Tuesday, July 02, 2019

A One Health opinion piece...

 ...There can be no doubt about the unique potential for the One Health Model for Multidisciplinary Training and Collaboration.”

         Gary Roubin, veterinarian-physician trained Interventional Cardiologist research team member who helped developed the first Balloon-expandable Coronary artery stent for humans.


Veterinarians merged with physician educations: Past and present combined into one individual “One Health” examples—a useful conjoined degree program?


Bruce Kaplan, DVM and *Steven W. Atwood, VMD, MRCVS, MD, MPH 


Dr. Kaplan is a co-founding member of the One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team: Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP ▪ Bruce Kaplan, DVM ▪ Thomas P. Monath, MD ▪ Lisa A. Conti, DVM, MPH ▪ Thomas M. Yuill, PhD ▪ Helena J. Chapman, MD, MPH, PhD ▪ Craig N. Carter, DVM, PhD


* Dr. Atwood practices veterinary medicine at Animal Health Care Associates, West Tisbury, MA (USA)  He has also uniquely earned a human medical degree (MD) and is a longstanding member of the One Health Initiative team’s Advisory Board  


“...This paper advances a case for considering establishment of unique DVM/VMD-MD/DO programs in the U.S. and internationally.  Other veterinary medical degree titles exist in other nations, e.g. BVSc, BVM & S, BVetMed (London), VetMB (Cambridge), BVM etc. as well as medical degrees, e.g. MB, MBBS, BMBS, MBChB, MBBCh etc. ...

 ... the authors contend that schools of medicine, veterinary medicine and public health should seriously consider instituting this sea change educational One Health approach within and among appropriate university campuses.  It would help facilitate the established premise of One Health implementation will help protect and/or save untold millions of lives in our generation and for those to come.” 

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DUKE (USA) ONE HEALTH Newsletter - July 2019 AWARDS announced - Monday, July 01, 2019

Awards and Recognition

Prof. Greg Gray elected to membership in the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
Professor Greg Gray was recently elected to membership to the prestigious US think tank and publisher, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) for his international One Health research involving emerging infectious diseases. The CFR describes itself as “a leading foreign policy organization” where "Individual members include many of the most prominent leaders in international affairs who come together to engage in nonpartisan conversation on the most salient policy and governance issues of the day.”  Congratulations Professor Gray! 
Click here for more information about CFR.
Professor Greg Gray delivers plenary lecture at the CSTE Annual Conference in Raleigh 

On June 4th, 2019 (Raleigh, NC) Professor Greg Gray gave a One Health plenary lecture, Pigs, Poultry, and Public Health: Anticipating the Next Pandemic Threat, to the 2019 Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists Annual Conference (>1600 registrants).
Click here to see a video of the presentation.
Duke One Health Team Member Anfal Abdelgadir receives PEO International Peace Scholarship
Duke Global Health MSc student and Duke One Health team member, Anfal Abdelgadir, has been awarded a P.E.O International Peace Scholarship for the coming year 2019 – 2020. The scholarship is provided for graduate studies in the United States and Canada to selected women from other countries. Congratulations, Anfal!


[USA] Lawmakers aim to combat zoonotic disease wih new ONE HEALTH law... - Saturday, June 29, 2019

Lawmakers aim to combat zoonotic disease with new One Health law

Initially introduced by Smith in March 2018 but not enacted, the Advancing Emergency Preparedness Through One Health Act is based on the concept ...

U.S. Senators Introduce bi-partisan ONE HEALTH Act - Friday, June 28, 2019

More about an important One Health News item...

June 20, 2019

WASHINGTON D.C. (KEYC) - Minnesota Senator Tina Smith (Democrat) and Indiana Senator Todd Young (Republican) are working on [bipartisan] federal legislation that aims to improve response to human and animal health emergencies.




MORE about: 2nd European ONE HEALTH Conference | 21-22 June 2019 - Bucharest, Romania - Tuesday, June 25, 2019

MORE about: 2nd European ONE HEALTH Conference | 21-22 June 2019

Venue: Spiru Haret University, 24 Berceni Sos., Bucharest, Romania

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2nd European ONE HEALTH Conference | 21-22 June 2019 - Sunday, June 23, 2019 June 2019



About the conference

ONE HEALTH” – A Single Health for People, Animals and the Environment – is the new Global Concept that brings together specialists’ concerns from all areas that condition health, including Nutrition, and The Occupational, with two main directions of action: Primary Prophylaxis of Life and Post-Therapy Life.

Worldwide human health disorders are increasing in volume, they are diversifying; accelerated climate change, population movements, new diseases with uncontrolled evolution and the antibiotic-resistant super-sensitive bacteria are the biggest challenges of the moment. In this context the implementation of the One Health Concept must become a national security objective for the balance and good functioning of society and for life as a priority, as the action is being addressed frontally in the US and now in the EU.

Established in May 2015, the One Health-New Medical Concept Association succeeded in just two years to bring together specialists and institutions that represent an enormous scientific potential that must be utilised a priori. More than 400 members and more than 20 institutions (universities, research institutes, hospitals and others entities), both in the country and abroad, subscribe to the Association’s approach. National designed projects, some in the world premiere, are in progress to capitalise on a Romanian unique expertise platform to solve some of the acute health problems of the society: antibiotic resistance (the great challenge of today’s medicine), the alarming incidence of zoonoses (infectious diseases transmitted on the animal-human route), increase and diversification almost uncontrolled of many diseases caused by climate change and population movements. Internationally, the One Health New Medical Concept Association, in fact, represents Romania at international congresses, to conclude international agreements in Brussels, at the European Federation of Medical Academies (FEAM) and does it with responsibility and success.

The One Health New Medical Concept Association has won the international recognition and appreciation of the Coordinating Forums of the One Health Concept, the One Health Commission and the US One Health Initiative. At European level, the Association received from the European Federation of Medical Academies (FEAM) the opportunity to promote the One Heath Concept at the South-East and Central Europe Region and also to start the research on One Health issue, a unique responsibility for a Romanian body. In this very context, in June 2017 the Association concluded a Partner Agreement in Budapest with the University of Veterinary Medicine from Budapest (ranked 6th in the world) for the joint organisation of One Health 2018 Inter-regional Conferences in Bucharest and One Health 2019 Inter-regional Conferences in Budapest.

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About FEAM

FEAM’s mission is to promote cooperation between national Academies of Medicine and Medical Sections of Academies of Sciences in Europe; to provide them with a platform to formulate their collective voice on matters concerning human and animal medicine, biomedical research, education, and health with a European dimension; and to extend to the European authorities the advisory role that they exercise in their own countries on those matters.

About the FEAM European Biomedical Policy Forum

The FEAM European Biomedical Policy Forum provides a platform for discussion on key policy issues for the biomedical community.
The Forum is an initiative from the Federation of European Academies of Medicine (FEAM). It aims to bring together representatives from academia, research charities, industry, European and national trade associations and professional bodies, regulators, public health bodies, and patient and consumers groups. If you would like further information on the FEAM European Biomedical Policy Forum or becoming a partner, please contact

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