Reminder: North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC) – 2011 (USA) - ONE HEALTH Program January 15 – 19, 2011—Orlando, Florida (USA) A “One Health” program section is planned for Monday, January 17, 2011 at the Marriot Hotel Crystal Salon G1 and requires conference registration: 8:00 a.m. to 4:50 P.M. (EST). Please see December 7, 2010 News item on this website and NAVC website www.navc.com. A special One Health evening session is planned for Monday January 17th, 2011 from 6:00 -7:30 P.M. at the Gaylord Hotel in the Sun C ballroom (no conference registration required) where conference attendees and others can meet and hear brief One Health presentations by prominent One Health advocates/supporters; the theme will be how One Health practice can help our communities respond to natural and man made disasters: · Cecil B. Wilson, MD - President of the American Medical Association (AMA) · Lisa A. Conti, DVM, MPH - Director of the Florida Department of Health’s Environmental Health Division · Carina Blackmore, DVM, PhD - Florida State Public Health Veterinarian · Kevin M. Sherin, MD, MPH - Director, Orange County (Florida) Health Department (USA). Drs. Conti, Blackmore and Sherin are members of the One Health Initiative website teams’ Advisory Board (Hon.) http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/advBoard.php. Dr. Wilson recently reaffirmed his strong support of One Health with the following August 30, 2010 statement: The AMA strongly supports the One Health Initiative, the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines to attain optimal health for humans, animals, and our environment. More than 60 percent of human infectious diseases and the preponderance of emerging infectious diseases have an animal vector. Better collaboration is needed between human and veterinary medicine to protect the public health. The One Health Initiative is playing an important role in achieving this goal.