3 March 2011
From: Stephen M. Apatow
Founder, Director of Research & Development
Humanitarian Resource Institute
Humanitarian University Consortium Graduate Studies
Center for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine & Law
The HRI:UNArts - Millennium Medicine Project objective
of public health infrastructure optimization in
member country, encompasses the need for direct collaboration between
medical and veterinary professions.... the formation of
One Health Commission brings us one step closer to accomplishing this
-- Stephen Michael Apatow, Founder, Humanitarian Resource Institute and
the United Nations Arts Initiative, Ambassador Vet2011, World
Global Comprehensive Health Organization, One Health
Locates to ISU
One Health Commission News, visit
The One Health Commission, a globally focused organization dedicated to
promoting improved health of people, animals, plants and the
locating at the Iowa State University Research Park.
The commission was formed in 2009 to establish “closer professional
interactions, collaborations, and educational opportunities” for
physicians, veterinarians, and other health science-related
Iowa State University is enthusiastic about having the organization
headquarters in Ames.
“We are excited about the One Health Commission locating at ISU. This
partnership will allow us to interact across disciplines to improve the
health of people, animals and our environment,” said Sharron
Quisenberry, vice president for research and economic development at
ISU. Office operations for the One
Health Commission will be established with the ISU Nutrition and
The increasing convergence of humans, domestic animals, wildlife and
the environment are factors that drove the formation of the commission.
According to worldwide statistics, nearly 75 percent of all emerging
human infectious diseases originate in animals.
“We live in a changing environment populated by interconnected human
and animal contact, creating integrated challenges,” said Dr. Roger
Mahr, chief executive officer of the One Health Commission. “These
challenges require integrated solutions and call for collaborative
While traditionally human and animal health have been studied
separately, they are very intertwined, according to Dr. Al Osbahr,
chair of the One
Health Commission board of directors and the American Medical
(AMA) representative to the One Health Commission.
“The One Health Commission will be a vehicle for various medical
professionals to sit down and work together, which really hasn’t
happened to any great
extent in the past,” said Osbahr. “When we ignore problems in animal
and think they are restricted to animal health, we find these lead to
medical problems in humans.”
Mahr, a former president of the American Veterinary Medical Association
(AVMA), said Iowa State University is the right fit to be a leading
partner for One Health primarily due to the cooperative education,
research and outreach tradition at ISU and the university’s ongoing
commitment to the One Health approach.
“This significant commitment of interdisciplinary leadership put forth
by Iowa State University and its One Health consortium provides the
foundational support needed by the Commission to become fully
to establish a ‘go-to resource’ for all things One Health,” said Mahr.
The One Health Commission will address some of the rising threats to
human and animal health.
member organizations of the One Health Commission are the AMA, AVMA,
American Public Health Association (APHA), Association of Academic
Health Centers (AAHC), Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC),
Association of American Veterinary
Medical Colleges (AAVMC) and the Association of Fish and Wildlife
(AFWA). Other entities committed to Iowa State’s One Health consortium
the ISU colleges of Veterinary Medicine, Agriculture and Life Sciences,
Design, Engineering, Human Sciences, and Liberal Arts and Sciences; the
of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and
the 1,461 diseases now recognized in humans, 60 percent are due to
multi-host pathogens that affect multiple species.
the rise of antibiotic resistance, there is a need for a holistic
and a better understanding of resistance that is related to the use of
health may affect human and animal health through contamination,
pollution and poor conditions that may lead to new infectious agents.
animal diseases, and food and water borne diseases threaten human and
animal health around the world.
College of Public Health; the University of Nebraska-Omaha colleges of
Medicine and Public Health; the USDA Agricultural Research Service
Animal Disease Center and USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection
National Veterinary Services Laboratories; the Center for Food Security
and Public Health; the Institute for International Cooperation in
Biologics; the Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute; the Plant
Institute; and the Center for Advanced Host Defense and Translational
For more information on the One Health Commission, visit www.onehealthcommission.org.
Yale School of Medicine: Yale Human Animal
Health Project – A Center for One Health studies (USA)
Source: World Veterinary Association, One Health
The Yale Human Animal Medicine Project, at the Yale School of Medicine,
is advancing on a number of fronts under the direction of program
director Peter Rabinowitz, MD, MPH.
to Dr. Rabinowitz these include zoonoses in general, the occupational
of animal workers, and animals as sentinels. “There is also a necessity
of finding and defining the clinically important intersections between
human and animal medicine”, he said.
Rabinowitz and Lisa Conti [DVM, MPH] co-edited and co-authored the
landmark One Health book “Human-Animal Medicine: Clinical Approaches to
Zoonoses, Toxicants and Other Shared Health Risks”. http://www.us.elsevierhealth.com/product.jsp?isbn=9781416068372.
read more at http://tools.medicine.yale.edu/humananimalmedicine/
Related HRI:UNArts One Health News:
- HRI:UNArts -
World, One Health: World Veterinary Day 2010: World Veterinary
Association, 24 April 2010. Url: www.worldvet.org/node/6267
- HRI:UNArts: One Health Initiative Unites Human and
Veterinary Medicine: Education News (K-12, Higher Education), 24
April 2010. Url: www.educationnews.org/pr_releases/61019.html
Human to Veterinary Biomechanics Applications: Science Informer, 15
April 2005. Url:
2004 (20): International Veterinary Public Health Consortium (IVPHC):
ProMED: International Society for Infectious Diseases, Archive: 20041012.2781,
12 October 2004. Url: http://www.promedmail.org
Public Health Consortium: World Veterinary Association, October
- Announcements 2003 (08): Humanitarian University
Consortium: ProMED: International Society for Infectious Diseases,
Archive: 20031122.2904, 22 November 2003. Url: www.promedmail.org
- Agricultural Biosecurity: Department of Public
Information (DPI) of the United Nations, 26 January 2002. Url: