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
Originally posted in the January 2016 Dean's Corner Newsletter. Visit the original article at /news/for-deans-corner/january-2016/one-health-transboundary-wildlife-biologist-visits-texas-am
Wildlife biologist and veterinarian Scott Newman, is the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Senior Technical Coordinator for Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases in Vietnam. He was hosted by Texas A&M One Health Initiative during November 2015. Newman leads zoonotic and non-zoonotic disease programs, food safety projects, and facilitates a One Health approach that places agriculture, public health, and natural resource management in the broader development framework in Vietnam and the south-east Asia region.
Newman presented a seminar titled “Applying One Health at a Global Level: Emerging Issues and the Sustainable Development Goals”. This was co-branded by six university organizations, including five student groups: Wildlife Diseases Association Student Chapter, Student One Health Association (from School of Public Health, College of Medicine and College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences) and Veterinarians without Borders, as well as the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases.
The seminar was attended by 90 students, faculty, and staff across disciplines including veterinary medicine, human medicine, public health, accounting, engineering, and from several other centers and units. The “meet the speaker” roundtable session attracted 15 students, faculty, and staff and provided a one-on-one opportunity to ask Newman questions about international career pathways and global One Health challenges and opportunities, and funding sources. Newman also met with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences to discuss the current state of transboundary animal diseases that are threatening international. Overall, his visit focused around building alliances for collaborations.
The Texas A&M One Health Initiative is a collaborative multidisciplinary program of all disciplines at our university.