Published Horizon Solutions Site www.solutionssite.org April 27, 2013
One Health Initiative Advances Care for Humans, Animals and the Environment
By One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team: Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP ▪ Bruce Kaplan, DVM ▪ Thomas P. Monath, MD ▪ Jack Woodall, PhD ▪ Lisa A. Conti, DVM, MPH
“The One Health concept is generally defined as http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/about.php: “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 Health” has been the most commonly used term for the concept in the early 21st century. This evolved from the term “One Medicine” used during the latter half of the 20th century, first coined and promoted by veterinarian Calvin Schwabe, DVM, MPH, ScD http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/onehealth/local-assets/pdfs/schwabe_coins_onemedicine#schwabe_coins_onemedicine.
The One Health Initiative team was founded originally by physician Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP, veterinarian Bruce Kaplan, DVM, and physician Thomas P. Monath, MD in 2007 for the purpose of promoting the One Health concept. The team was expanded to include health research scientist Jack Woodall, PhD in 2009 and veterinarian Lisa A. Conti, DVM, MPH in 2012. Drs. Kahn, Kaplan and Monath initiated the One Health Initiative website www.onehealthinitiative.com in October 2008 http://fridayletter.asph.org/article_view.cfm?FLE_Index=8121&FL_Index=1537 and http://wws.princeton.edu/coverstories/onehealth_10-08/. ...”
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