One Health Leaders: Physician and U.S. Mayor Speak at Annual National League of Cities (NLC) 2012 Congress of Cities and Exposition


Dr. Peter Rabinowitz, Associate Professor in the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program at Yale School of Medicine, delivered a presentation about One Health to the University Communities Council of the National League of Cities (NLC) during the Congress of Cities in Boston, Massachusetts USA, November 28 - December 1, 2012.


Dr. Rabinowitz’s talk, “Canaries and Communities: Humans, animals, and shared risks in urban environments," highlighted interrelationships among human, animal, and ecological health, and their implications for local governments in the context of NLC’s One Health Resolution 2012–17.


Nancy Chaney, Mayor for the City of Moscow, Idaho USA facilitated the session. "When Dr. Rabinowitz visited the Inland Northwest last year, I was pleased to introduce him to leaders at the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health at Washington State University (WSU), and TerraGraphics Environmental Engineering in Moscow. University communities like ours are well-suited to advance the concept of One Health,” Chaney said, citing her region’s collaboration in the WWAMI medical education program as an example.


The Mayor and Dr. Rabinowitz, a physician, are recognized longstanding activist leaders in the One Health movement and serve on the One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono team’s Honorary Advisory Board


About 3,000 city leaders gathered in Boston for NLC's 2012 Congress of Cities and Exposition. According to its web site The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities…NLC serves as a resource to and an advocate for the more than 19,000 cities, villages and towns…”