Deadly infectious agents like COVID-19 are more likely as our contact with wildlife grows | Letter

The NJ One Health initiative started when scientists, physicians, veterinarians, public health officials, advocates and the general public realized that to ...





"...The New Jersey Legislature is promoting this initiative by being the first state with legislation pending to commence an NJ One Health Task Force. As noted in Senate Bill S347 Legislative Statement: “One Health recognizes that the health of people is connected to the health of animals and the environment. One Health is not a new concept, but it has become increasingly important in recent years, as many factors have changed interactions between people, animals, and the environment, leading to the emergence or reemergence of many diseases. A One Health approach encourages collaborative efforts of experts working across the human, animal, and environmental health to improve the health of people and animals, including pets, livestock, and wildlife. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention established a One Health Office, recognizing that the health of people is connected to the health of animals and the shared environment.”

We urge all New Jersey residents to support this important initiative.

Gloria Bachmann, MD, MMS (NJ co-chair of the Regional One Health Consortium) director, Rutgers RWJMS Women’s Health Institute, Associate Dean for Women’s Health

Amy Papi (NJ co-chair of the Regional One Health Consortium) member of the Rutgers RWJMS Women’s Health Institute and RWJUH Auxiliary Board Member

Dina Fonseca, Ph.D., director, Rutgers Center for Vector Biology

Damir Hamamdzic, DVM, Ph.D. Rutgers compliance administrator

Laura Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP, co-founder of global One Health Initiative; research scholar, Princeton University

Barbara Perry, MBA. director: RWJMS Orthopaedic Research & Education Laboratory