One Health is the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally to attain sustainable optimal health for the ecosystem*. It is a cultural and behavioral concept with socioeconomic elements and impact.
*a biological community of living organisms (humans, animals, plants, and microbes) and their physical environment interacting as a system
Background: In 2014, the Texas A&M One Health Initiative program identified 4 major themes and invited all Texas A&M faculty to submit research proposals which were interdisciplinary, collaborative, transformative, and addressed One Health societal needs. Five of the 23 proposals submitted were selected for funding. Funding for 4 projects originated from the Texas A&M Council of Deans and the Vice President for Research, and the fifth project from an external private donor.
The 4 themes were: Global Health and Security, Accessible and Affordable Healthcare, Chronic Diseases and Conditions, and Safe and Available Food and Water. The principal investigators (PI), their colleges, theme, project title, and brief statement for each are listed below. Four were each awarded $50,000, and Dr. Lawhon was awarded $25,000.
Report Content: This final report includes a summary table of metrics (Table 1) and individual reports from each of the 5 principal investigators detailing their team members, students, grants, publications, outreach, and impact.
Overall Impact: The Texas A&M Council of Deans, Vice President for Research, and the external donor are thanked for their vision and financial support for these projects. These One Health productive interdisciplinary PIs leading their research teams have demonstrated excellent return on the $225,000 investment. The vision of the Texas A&M One Health Initiative is that advancing and fostering committed productive interdisciplinary research teams who are addressing societal needs will assure our position as the global institutional leader.
View the final report here.