March 12, 2018
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Who's Who in Students for One Health (SOH) 
Attention Students! 
Help the Students for One Health Executive Council (SOHExCO) and the One Health Commission (OHC) identify all SOH groups around the world and create a way for students working for One Health to 'connect'. Visit this 'Who's Who in SOH' webpage and take actions to get your group on the map and get involved. 
World Bank Work Group Document Released

Operational framework for strengthening human, animal and environmental public health systems at their interface,
, Le Gall FG, Francois G, Plante CA, Berth FCJ, Bouley T, Seifman, RM,  Karesh WB, Machalaba CC, January, 2018. Washington, D.C.

"....the Operational Framework provides a strong orientation to One Health to assist users in understanding and implementing it from rationale to concrete guidance for its application. 
Six core chapters are included, supported by annexes diving deeper into operational tools and recent World Bank alignment with One Health topics...."

Policy Brief about the Framework -
Investing in One Health: A concerted approach to address shared risks to humans, animals, and the environment

Blog post about the Framework: One Health Approach is Critical to De-risk Human, Animal and Environmental Health
,  Voegele J,   Evans T, Kemper KE, Blog Post, World Bank, Investing in Health, 2-12-18, Accessed 2-12-18  (
Six out of the 10 threats to global health listed by WHO, are issues occurring at the human, animal and environmental interface:   ( 
  • Pandemic influenza- emergence of strains from the avian and swine population increase risk of human infection and possibly sustained human to human transmission.
  • Malaria - reduction of mosquito populations through changing environmental factors and perhaps agricultural practices could reduce infection rates
  • Natural Disasters - can lead to losses in food production and distribution. Droughts leading to food insecurity and malnutrition are often associated with outbreaks of disease, while heat waves cause excess mortality, particularly among the elderly and livestock.
  • Yellow fever and other viral hemorrhagic fevers to look out for include Ebola and Marburg Virus Disease, Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever, Rift Valley Fever, Lassa Fever, Hantavirus diseases, and Dengue Fever - most with an animal host in its life cycle.
  • Malnutrition - stemming from inadequate agriculture and distribution systems to sustain the population leading to shortages of food will remain a serious challenge.
  • Food poisoning - from inappropriate food handling and lack of refrigeration.

Global Virome Project

Despite the potential impact of viral threats, the world remains unable to predict when, where, or from what species the next emerging virus will break out. The Global Virome Project (GVP) is an innovative 10-year partnership to detect the majority of our planet's unknown viral threats. 


Locals, mistakenly believing that the animals can spread yellow fever to humans, are blamed for the surge in killings in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

  Hosted by the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) in December, 2017 in Ottawa, Canada. Why is this a One Health issue?  Because where animals are being abused, the people sharing those environments are also at risk of being abused and learning to abuse. That's the 'Link'. Conference Summary. (
States in U.S. consider creating animal abuse registries 
Animal abuse can be a sign that a perpetrator will go on to harm humans. That's why New York and a number of other states are considering laws that would create animal abuse registries.  
Learn more about the 'Link'. See the February 2018
LINK- Letter
Created by the U.S. National Link Coalition, this newsletter is a monthly report of news on The Link Between Animal Abuse and Human Violence. Why is this a One Health issue?  Because where animals are being abused, the people sharing those environments are also at risk of being abused and learning to abuse. That's the 'Link'.
 To subscribe to The Link-Letter (free) contact


Uppsala Health Summit 2017 Post-Conference Report Released:  
 Tackling Infectious Disease Threats - Prevent, Detect and Respond with a One Health Approach
180 selected decision-makers, opinion-builders and experts from 39 countries met at Uppsala Castle, Sweden, in October 2017, to discuss how to tackle the many aspects of infectious disease threats that the world faces with a One Health approach.


In February 13, 2018, as part of its National One Health Platform, Tanzania launched its One Health Coordination Desk and National One Health Strategic Plan. These actions underscore national commitment to strengthen mechanisms for prevention, detection and response to outbreaks. This is critical as the country embarks on building core capacities for preparedness and response to public health events under the International Health Regulations.  

OH-SMART - One Health Systems Mapping and Analysis Resource Toolkit
The OH-SMART mapping tool was developed to assist agencies in coordinating effective outbreak response planning. OH-SMART gives people from different disciplines a practical way to apply business process improvement and participatory leadership methods to their multi-sectoral system.  It has also been used for "After Action" outbreak response, Multi-sectoral Preparedness and Response Planning, and Developing One Health Teams. The University of Minnesota and USDA have facilitated OH-SMART workshops to support One Health systems strengthening in over 30 US states and 12 countries. 

In February, 2018 the One Health Unit of the Institute of Global Health (Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva), in collaboration with Professor Jakob Zinsstag of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, published a description of the first global 'flipped'  classroom in One Health that was conducted in Geneva and Basel in July 2017. This innovative MOOC (massive open online course) gathered 12 Swiss and international learners to work  in interdisciplinary teams on specific public/global health challenges at the human-animal-ecosystem interface. They were supported by experts from academia and international organisations (e.g. World Health Organization). A novel project-based learning and research model arising from MOOCs was successfully created, which offers opportunities for global education and research addressing real world challenges utilising a One Health approach."   See a short video about the MOOC. 

The U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) has launched a new large-scale Environmental Health Matters Initiative to work across disciplines and sectors in developing lasting solutions to improve health today and for generations to come. Though not mentioned in this announcement, it is hoped that the NASEM will include animals, both wild and domestic and their impact on the environment and environmental impacts on them,  in its considerations.  

U.S. National Pet Health Survey - Updates

The One Heath Commission (OHC) is using citizen science and crowd-sourcing  tools to collect important data from  the public about disease and health issues occurring in pet dogs and cats that can serve a sentinels for diseases and environmental exposures.  
As of December 17, 2017 a total of 1,611 surveys had been completed. You can view results so far ( ) and listen to an interview on Pet Life Radio (  by Dr. Bernadine Cruz of partner EPA's Dr. Megan Mehaffey about the survey. 
Start Planning your One Health Day 2018 Event NOW....
OH Day Events can happen any time during the year.....and don't forget to register yours on the OH Day website to get on the map!
See additional Events, Past, Present and Future, on the One Health Commission's Events webpage 
March 1, 2018  (Find it on Twitter anytime)
Bird Health Awareness Week Twitter Chat

Learn more about keeping your backyard flock and your family healthy from this Twitter Chat hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS). Information shared on preventing human
Salmonella infections from backyard flocks, how to set-up a healthy coop for your birds and the USDA's National Poultry Improvement Plan Salmonella Monitoring Program for mail-order hatcheries.   

Presentation by Tim Stephens of Prospero Analytics at the One Health Academy in Washington, DC.  Tim  and colleagues have been documenting the 1918 Influenza pandemic since the beginning of 2018 and is creating a record,
One Day at a Time , about how the outbreak was reported in the American press. Tim will present from the documentary record, and draw lessons for current pandemic planning.
webinar access available free but you must register. 

March 15, 2018   

New York City, NY, USA. One Health Pre-conference satellite session at the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH)  018 annual conference.  

April 5, 2018  Symposium: Global One Health Research, the Future

Wageningen University and Research (WUR) Center, Wageningen, Netherlands. Hosted by WUR in cooperation with Nanjing Agricultural University, China, and University of California, Davis, USA. Internationally many research institutes are active in the field of One Health or Global Health, often working from just a few disciplines. In a globalizing world with changing life-styles, global One Health research needs to combine efforts of multiple research disciplines to improve health of humans, animals and plants by using an integrated systems approach. This symposium will show innovations that can improve cooperation between researchers and different stakeholders.
. Contact: 

Champaign, IL. This mini-symposium is part of a larger  University of Illinois Sesquicentennial celebration,  "Illinois 150: The 21st Century University and Research for the Public Good".  Registration is free and small travel bursaries are available for students (contact for details). 

Coimbra, Portugal. Held annually in spring this is the annual conference of the
M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, Universities and National Academies . It is organized through the Inter-Academy Partnership (IAP) for Health in collaboration with all National Academies of Medicine and Science and  aims to improve health all over the planet through collaboration and open dialogue.

Twin Cities, Minnesota. Hosted by the University of Minnesota. A global forum on science and policy at the interface of the environment, agriculture, and medicine. Explore new ways to solve pressing health issues, facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations, and promote science's role in influencing public policy at the interface of humans, animals, and the environment.

2018 Disease Initiative workshop embracing One Health. Hosted by NASA, the Wilson Center and the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Mission, Washington, DC. Vector-borne diseases are responsible for over 17% of all infectious diseases globally. Be sure to check out the 'Media' section on the GPM Workshop webpage to see how Nasa Satellites are being used to track malaria, west nile, and more
June 16, 2018    
Montreal, Canada.  For more information and registration visit the course website. 
Saskatoon, Canada 
August 1-3, 2018  
Albuquerque, NM
Plenary Topics: 
  - Corporate Sustainability and the New Carbon Currency
  - Enhancing the Research - Farmer Connection
  - Soil Health - Human Health Relations
  - Assessing and Expanding Adoption of Soil Health Systems
  - Unleashing the Phytobiome to Build Soil & Plant Health

Bern, Switzerland. Hosted by
International Association of Risk Management in Medicine (IARMM)
Whilst we all recognize the importance of the practice of risk management sciences... it is essential to integrate interdisciplinary research in such fields as political economics, administration studies, sociology, environmental science, ecology, behavioral science, information science, education, ethics, epidemiology and statistics, not just to develop technologies to implement government policies and countermeasures. Abstract deadline April 30.
Bonn, Germany. Abstract Deadline:  March 31
October 14-16   2018 10th World Health Summit
Berlin, Germany.  One of the world's most prominent strategic forums for global health this interdisciplinary, international event promotes an atmosphere of academic freedom where 2,000 stakeholders and decision makers from 100 countries and every field in healthcare work together to find solutions to global health challenges. 
December 3-14, 2018  

Katowice, Poland. (COP 24) 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which began in 1994 and has near universal membership. Preventing 'dangerous' human interference with the climate system is the aim of the UNFCCC. 
The NextGen Global Health Security Network envisions a diverse global health security workforce in which innovation, collaboration and partnerships are guiding principles. Its mission is to foster a culture of mentoring that empowers individuals to be future leaders in global health security.

May 7- June 8, August 12-17,  2018 - One Health International Summer Course 2018
Copenhagen, Denmark, Organised by University of Copenhagen and Technical University of Denmark, Deadline for application: 1 April 2018,
7 May - 8 June 2018: 5-weeks internet-based module              12 - 17 August 2018: One week on-campus module
Massive Online Open Course (MOOC): Global Health at the Human-Animal-Ecosystem Interface
Created by University of Geneva. Available year round on Coursera, a new class starts every 4 weeks, upcoming start dates are March 19, April 16, May 14, June 11, July 9.  

The Global Health Program is a collaborative team of experts in wildlife and conservation medicine, ecology and public health who work  together to address wildlife health concerns, investigate disease at the human/wildlife interface, and conduct international training programs in an effort to build intervention and response capacity worldwide. See for Summer 2018:
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
DVM or equivalent, Research experience preferred, Full-Time 3-year, start between June and September 2018. The successful candidate will work with ICM and WCI staff and be responsible for furthering the mission of the ICM to take a holistic (One Health) approach to research on wildlife, public health, and sustainable ecosystems to ensure healthy animals and healthy people 

For: Infectious disease physicians and scientists from under-resourced countries or Eastern Europe. Jointly sponsored by ISID and the Swiss Society for Infectious Diseases (SSI), one-year multidisciplinary clinical and laboratory training at select biomedical institutions in Switzerland. Deadline April 1.
Arizona State University, Temple, Arizona, USA
Work with education researchers, other postdocs and staff to develop education resources for the field of evolutionary medicine, including EvMedEd and EvMed Review and perform research on education strategies for evolutionary medicine. The  ASU Center for Evolution and Medicine is a world leader in this area. 



Job is based at the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques in Côte d'Ivoire with visits to other institutes. 
Afrique One - ASPIRE is a consortium of nine core institutes in East and West Africa developing research within the One Health framework, targeting zoonotic and emerging diseases. 
See publications, webinars, journals, blogs, presentations, books, newsletters and more in the Commission's growing One Health Library.
Journal Articles

*Did you miss it in 2017?   Special Open Access One Health  issue of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society*  One Health for a changing world: zoonoses, ecosystems and human well-being
Cunningham A, Scoones I, Woods  J, (Eds). Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B,  2017;372(1175).
DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2016.0162. 2017 June 5.

Rüegg SR, Nielsen LR, Buttigieg SC, Santa M, Aragrande M, Canali M, Ehlinger T, Chantziaras I, Boriani E, Radeski M, Queenan K, Bruce M, Haesler B, Front. Vet. Sci., 2018 March 9. 

Brucellosis remains a neglected disease in the developing world: a call for interdisciplinary action
Franc KA,  Krecek RC, Häsler BN, Arenas-Gamboa AM, BMC Public Health BMC series, 2018, 18:125 2018 January 11.
Seltenrich N, Environmental Health Perspectives, Vol 126, Issue 1, 2018 Jan 19.  

Rüegg  SR, et. al, Front. Vet. Sci.  doi: 10.3389/fvets.2018.00023

de Castañeda RR, Garrison A, Haeberli P, Crump L, Zinsstag J, Ravel A, Flahault A, Bolon I, One Health, Volume 5, June 2018, Pages 37-39, ISSN 2352-7714   

Operational framework for strengthening human, animal and environmental public health systems at their interface, Le Gall FG, Francois G, Plante CA, Berth FCJ, Bouley T, Seifman, RM,  Karesh WB, Machalaba CC, January, 2018. Washington, D.C., 

Zinsstag J, Crump L, Winkler MS, Rev. Sci. Tech. Off. Int. Epiz. , 2017, 36 (2), 671-680, August 2017
DOI: 10.20506/rst.36.2.2684

Farone T, published Feb 2018 on the One Health Commission's Narratives of One Health in Action

Padda H, Niedbalski A, Tate E, Deem SL, Front. Vet. Sci., 2018 February 26. 

Berrian AM, Smith MH, Rooyen J, Martinez-Lopez B, Plank MN, Smith WA, Conrad PA, One Health, Volume 5, June 2018, Pages 9-20.

In this podcast, medical doctor Rebecca Chandler highlights issues of real-time safety surveillance, public trust, and how to build a culture of pharmacovigilance that's anchored in citizen participation as well as scientific processes.

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March One Health Spotlight on OHC Sponsors

Thank You to the Georgia Aquarium!  
The Georgia Aquarium  has been a staunch supporter of the One Health Commission since 2012
 and exemplifies One Healt
h Leadership on many fronts.

        One Health at Georgia Aquarium
Thank You to OHC Board Member,
Gregory Bossart, VMD, PhD for his unwavering support of One Health and the
One Health Commission


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