U. S. City Mayor Strongly Endorses One Health Concept and Principles
The Mayor of Moscow, Idaho (USA), Nancy Chaney recently [March 10, 2011] sent the following One Health endorsement statement to the One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono team. The city of Moscow, located in north central Idaho along the Washington/Idaho border, is home to the University of Idaho, the primary research University for the State. Mayor Chaney’s comment could serve as a model for other political leaders in the U.S. and worldwide.
“The One Health Initiative is a platform for multi-disciplinary collaboration to solve today’s complex problems and ward-off future ones. Fragmented and narrowly-focused interests cannot adequately address relationships among human activities, global climate change, food production, potable water, disease distribution, endangered ecosystems, and humans’ powerful will to enjoy the best lives possible. As a nurse and policy maker, trained in environmental science and married to a veterinarian, I am encouraged and excited by the possibilities envisioned by motivated partners in the fields of human and veterinary medicine, environmental science, and complementary interests. Please join me in supporting the One Health Initiative!”
Nancy Chaney, Mayor, City of Moscow Idaho, RN, MS (Environmental Science)