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
This One Health interdisciplinary team was featured on the Hats Off Section of the May 2016 Dean's Corner. Below is more information regarding their success.
In summer 2015, an interdisciplinary team of graduate and professional students traveled to Ometepe, Nicaragua as part of the One Health International Experience Program. Solutions to many societal challenges are addressed through advances in science, technology, and translational research emerging from interdisciplinary programs that span college and departmental boundaries. The 2015 Nicaragua interdisciplinary team embodies a One Health approach, with its unifying theme for optimal health of humans, animals, and the environment being the focus of our university/system wide initiative and educational programs. The team for 2015 included Chelsea Stewart (Texas A&M College of Medicine), Valery Roman-Cruz (Texas A&M School of Public Health), Michelle Kurkowski (Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences), Christina Babu (Texas A&M College of Medicine), Jade Haberman (Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences), and Benton Harvey (University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine).
In addition to service activities and health awareness events, the students conducted public health surveys which were analyzes and presented in a poster at the 2nd Annual Interprofessional Education and Research (IPER) Symposium held on April 20, 2016 in College Station, Texas. This conference focuses on team-based collaborative healthcare and teamwork. The students’ poster titled “A Survey Analysis of Human and Public Health Disparities on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua” focused on public health survey results gathered from target communities on Ometepe Island and was awarded “Best Interprofessional Activity”. Many times, interprofessional activities are the key solutions to societal needs, and the group of students reflects that approach.