March / April 2021 | Volume 20 Number 2


"A global One Health approach to disease surveillance and
pandemic response should include low-resource settings
where people and animals often live in close proximity,
scientists said in a recent workshop.

By Susan Scutti

The theme of interdependence dominated discussions at a recent workshop on One Health, which aims to improve the well-being of people, animals and the environment by integrating the efforts of multiple disciplines. “COVID-19 reminds us that no country acting alone can respond effectively to human, animal or environmental health threats in a globalized world,” said Dr. Eric Goosby in his keynote address at the event hosted by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.  ...  Finally, participants explored better ways to prepare a One Health workforce. Academies need to “work backwards” to provide a needs-based and critical competency-based education, according to Dr. Lonnie King, dean emeritus of veterinary medicine at Ohio State University. Graduates need to have multidisciplinary knowledge and the ability to form effective partnerships, King said. “Relationship-building is the number one skill for this decade.”

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