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
Chelsea Stewart, second year medical student at Texas A&M and member of the 2015 One Health Nicaragua team, represented the Student One Health Association (SOHA) as co-president at the College of Medicine student organizations fair.
Students who participated in summer research projects presented posters at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine Summer Research Progam Poster Reception.
Pictured to the right is Kavitha Krishnan (College of Medicine student) and Crystal Perez (School of Public Health student) presenting a poster over their One Health Governmental Agencies Experience.
Featured in the August 2015 Dean's Corner
Open House is student organized and allows the public to see what is happening at the college. The Student One Health Association (SOHA) participated in this event. SOHA educated the public about the importance of washing their hands and the One Health concept. A black light was used to show participants the results of handwashing on "germs".
On April 24, Dr. Rosina Krecek presented a "One Health Overview" to previous Texas A&M Biomedical Sciences graduates. BIMS Board is a new endeavor the CVM is supporting in an effort to increase current and former student engagement, increase student scholarship opportunities, and increase job and internship placement opportunities for our students. For more information on this endeavor, see the May 2015 Dean's Corner.
The East Texas Chapter Texas Environmental Health Association (TEHA) Spring Conference took place April 20-22 in Longview, TX. Texas A&M One Health Program Coordinator, Merrideth Holub, and Texas A&M Masters Public Health student, Valery Roman-Cruz, presented a seminar titled “One Health – What Environmental Health Looks Like in 2025”. This conference invited environmental and public health officials along with faculty, staff and students from other colleges. Discussions on topics such as unpasteurized milk, foodborne illness investigations, childcare ordinance, and others took place.
Dr. Krecek participated in the NIH One Health workshop titled "Integrating the Veterinarian Scientist into the Biomedical Research Enterprise” on April 7-8, 2015 in Bethesda, Maryland. The interactive workshop brought veterinarians, clinicians and basic researchers together to provide information and advice on how basic and applied biomedical research utilizing the concept of One Health, is advancing the NIH human health and disease mission at the highest research and scientific standards. Additional information on this Workshop is available at https://www.scgcorp.com/ORIPOneHealth2015/
Supporting the World Health Organization (WHO) World Health Day on April 7, 2015, Texas A&M University planned a collaborative cross-disciplinary Extension/Research Food Safety Summit. Texas A&M One Health, Texas A&M Center for Food Safety, and Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension collaborated to engage food safety researchers and extension specialists in a discussion of the current status and future needs of our food safety programs. Twenty researchers and extension specialists gathered to hear from experts and to discuss the future of food safety, a theme of high relevance to all people on the planet, one with multiple stakeholders, including government, civil society, the private sector, and intergovernmental agencies.
The event was well received, and we appreciate the partnership of these organizations.
Featured in the May 2015 Dean's Corner.
Dr. Rosina Krecek, Interim Assistant Dean of One Health, traveled to the Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, Italy to give an invited presentation on "One Ocean Apart, One World Together: Texas A&M One Health Program”. This visit strengthened current partnerships with this organization and established new opportunities of collaboration.
The photo to the right was taken on the rooftop of FAO and from left to right are Scott Weaver (veterinary student at Michigan State University, USA), Diana Patricia Mora Bustamante (veterinary student at the Universidad de la Salle, Colombia), James Zingerer (FAO, Center for Disease Control), Katinka DeBalogh (FAO), Rosina “Tammi” Krecek, and Linda Dorrestein (veterinary student at the University of Utrecht, Netherlands).
This conference success was featured in the May 2015 Dean's Corner.
The 6th Consortium of Universities of Global Health Conference took place in Boston, Massachusetts March 25-28, 2015. Rosina Krecek , Ruth Bush, and two Health Sciences students presented a research poster. Texas A&M University is a members institution so faculty can apply for no cost. To join CUGH please visit here.
Pictured from left to right are Erin Tressalt (medical student at Texas A&M Health Science Center), Ruth Bush (Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Vice Dean for Bryan/College Station Campus, Texas A&M Health Science Center) , Rosina "Tammi" Krecek (Interim Assistant Dean of One Health, Texas A&M University), and Sonia Popatia (medical student at Texas A&M Health Science Center). (Photo credit to Dominic Chavez)
In August 2014, students who participated in summer research projects presented posters at the Health Science Center College of Medicine Summer Research Progam Poster Reception.
Pictured to the right is Christina Babu and Thomas Jeffreys presenting a poster about their One Health International Experience in Nicaragua.
On April 30, 2014, ground was broken for the new Veterinary & Biomedical Education Complex. Attending the groundbreaking and pictured below from the One Health Team was Jacob Hammond, Mike Chaddock, Merrideth Holub, and Ruth Bush.
In March 2014, the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), of which the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences is a member of, held their Annual Conference in Alexandria, Virginia. The entire 3-day conference was devoted to the One Health theme. Here is an AAVMC Update which details some of the highlights from the conference and post-conference workshop.
In February 2014, the One Health office and Student One Health Association participated in Health Hullabaloo at the Texas A&M Health Science Center. The group had a booth at the community health fair where community members learned about fleas, mosquitos, and ticks. The table offered flyers, coloring books for children, and slides of ticks for community members to view.