Dr. Lisa A. Conti, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Chief Science Officer, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and before that Division Director of Environmental Health, Florida State Public Health Veterinarian and State HIV/AIDS Surveillance Coordinator, the Florida Department of Health (USA)
The One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono team is deeply saddened to report the November 6th death of our beloved friend and extraordinary One Health colleague, Dr. Lisa A. Conti (1963-2020).
At this time, the One Health Initiative team (OHI) chooses to think about and praise Dr. Lisa A. Conti’s unparalleled contributions to the national and international One Health movement while celebrating her public health leadership over the years. Included among many highlights during her illustrious global public health career was her co-writing and co-editing of the first truly landmark One Health textbook “Human-Animal Medicine – Clinical Approaches to Zoonoses, Toxicants and other Shared Health Risks”: Click Here :: – 1st Edition (2010).”
On a daily basis Lisa was always available to contribute sage advice and counsel to innumerable One Health Initiative team endeavors over the years. Without fanfare, Lisa represented the OHI team in countless national and international speaking commitments. Included among these were travel to Romania, South Korea, Nairobi, Bangkok, Stockholm, London, Trinidad, Puerto Rico, Madrid, Quatar, UAE, and Saskatoon. She was widely admired and appreciated for helping to encourage and edit many professional One Health journal articles and book chapters.
It was routine at all times for Lisa to generously respond promptly—without any hesitation or reservation—to any and all requests for assistance in managing and editing the One Health Initiative website. Essentially, all early and recent significant advances in the worldwide One Health movement by the OHI team reflect Lisa’s presence and engagements in the cause. She was and is irreplaceable and shall be profoundly missed.
Please see BIOGRAPHIES OF Lisa A. Conti, DVM, MPH – View bio https://onehealthinitiative.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Lisa-Conti-Biography-August-2017.pdf and https://abe.ufl.edu/media/abeufledu/banr/ContiL-Bio.pdf.
A Lisa Conti One Health fund has been established at the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine: “... Lisa, never, ever lost sight that any achievement attributed to her was a group effort, and felt extraordinarily lucky to be part of a transdisciplinary team of excellent mentors and dedicated colleagues working toward salubrious solutions.”
Note: No words can adequately express personal feelings for the loss of our dear special cherished wonderful friend and colleague—a truly unique and precious human being— who struggled over three years with a valiant battle against ovarian cancer. Our immediate thoughts go out to her husband, son, many loyal friends and co-workers at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and before that the Florida Department of Health (USA).