Former Mayor—Environmental Health Activist—Urges President and U.S. Government(s) Adoption of One Health Principles June 9, 2015 – In a recent letter to the White House, One Health Initiative Team Advisory Board http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/advBoard.php member Nancy Chaney, RN, MS, former mayor, City of Moscow, Idaho (USA) urged prompt across the board adoption of the One Health approach. Chaney noted, “... My background is in nursing, environmental science, and veterinary business ownership, but as a former mayor, president of the Association of Idaho Cities, and past board director for the National League of Cities (NLC), I am also keenly interested in policy. In 2011, I drafted and proposed a One Health Resolution (#2012-17, enclosed), which was subsequently adopted by the NLC, and in 2013, was integrated into policies that address health-focused local food systems, zoonoses, and pandemics, and encourage Congress and the Administration to “enable an interagency partnership among the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and U.S. Department of Agriculture to protect and improve human, animal, and environmental health as an integrated system.” See: http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/news.php?query=Mayor+Nancy+Chaney+Participates+in+National+League+of+Cities+Conference+USA and http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/publications/geog_seminar_spr_15_chaney.pdf. She further commented, “The complexity of today’s challenges and the seriousness of their consequences require those skills, along with collaborative, integrated, rational approaches. That’s especially crucial for matters involving human, animal, and environmental health, exemplified by the concept of One Health. I am writing to endorse the framework/platforms advocated by a coalition of senators, led by Al Franken (in their letter to you, dated February 12 http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/news.php?query=One+Health+Letter+Endorsement+sent+to+U.S.+President+The+White+House+from+7+United+States+Senators+-+February+12+2015+Washington+DC+USA+), and by the American Veterinary Medical Association (in a letter dated March 12 https://www.avma.org/Advocacy/National/Congress/Documents/Letter_to_POTUS_OneHealth_3-12-2015_cohn_FINAL.pdf), the American Public Health Association (in its letter of May 21 http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/publications/APHAsupportsOHCongressionalletter5-18-15.pdf), and the One Health Commission and One Health Initiative Team (in their letter, originally dated June 3 https://www.onehealthcommission.org/documents/filelibrary/homepage_images/7115_OHC_Letter_to_White_Houseno_em_69EE814936C70.pdf). ...The well-being of our Nation and our species will depend on embracing the concept of One Health and integrating it into our laws, social structure, economic systems, international relations, educational programs, agricultural practices, and personal values. It’s a heady goal, but one that is already beginning to gain traction in some medical and veterinary schools, public health organizations, environmental science programs, and federal agencies. Supportive governmental policies, programs, and funding will enhance opportunities for success, and speed its momentum.” Please read complete letter http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/publications/PresidentObama-REOneHealth.pdf.