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Penn Vet Dean Joan Hendricks and One Health Leaders Explore One Health Approach to United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals

By Martin Hackett Published: Feb 14, 2018

[February 14, 2018; Philadelphia, PA] On March 15, 2018, Joan Hendricks, the Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, will welcome a special session of the CUGH Global Health Conference exploring how a One Health approach can tackle pressing global issues identified in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Global health expert and CUGH board member Dr. Judith Wasserheit, MD, MPH, Professor and William H. Foege Endowed Chair of the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington, will moderate the event.

One Health is the concept, fundamental to modern veterinary medicine, that human, animal, and environment health are inextricably linked. A growing global One Health movement forges co-equal, all-inclusive collaborations among veterinarians, physicians, and other health care professionals and scientists.

“The UN’s goals are meant to mobilize global collaboration across multiple disciplines to transform our world into one that is healthy and equitable for all,” said Dean Hendricks, a leading advocate for One Health. “At a foundational level, the goals reflect the core values of One Health—that we are all part of the living environment, and it is inherent on us to always investigate the interconnection among humans, animals, and earth’s vast natural resources. I’m excited for this session, when esteemed and dedicated minds will dig deep into how a One Health approach can support and drive the SDGs.”    

Hosted by the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), the session— Outside the Box: Addressing the Sustainable Development Goals through a One Health Approach—features One Health researchers and practitioners. During the half-day gathering, they will explore topics such as maximizing food and economic security while mitigating environmental harm; translating livestock vaccination into increased educational opportunities for girls; the environment as a driver of antibiotic resistance; and increasing resiliency and recovery from violence. 

“We cannot achieve equity in health of individuals in the absence of equal opportunity for education, gender equality, and environmental sustainability,” said Dr. Guy Palmer, Regents Professor of Pathology and Infectious Diseases, the Jan and Jack Creighton Endowed Chair and Senior Director of Global Health, Washington State University. “This session is a unique opportunity for participants to help mold One Health strategy in order to catalyze progress toward sustainable health at the individual, community, and global levels.  I look forward to the breadth of perspectives from different disciplines, institutions, and nations as we strengthen networks to address global health challenges.”    

Moderated by Wasserheit, who has broad experience working with agencies, governments, and colleagues on STD and HIV research, policy, and programmatic issues, the session is designed for public health professionals, veterinarians, as well as leaders in nonprofits, industry, government, and multi-national organizations. Participants can expect to gain an integrated One Health perspective on the current trends within global health, a broader mindset to tackle pressing issues and shape the future of global health, and an increased awareness of One Health approaches, successes, and challenges.

Panelists include:

  • Zhengxia Dou, PhD, Penn Vet
  • Nancy E. Glass, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, John Hopkins University
  • Joan C. Hendricks, VMD, PhD, Penn Vet
  • Bonnie Jenkins, PhD, LLM, JD, Brookings Institute, University of Pennsylvania
  • Yalace Yamba KABORET, DMV, Ecole Inter-Etats des Sciences et Medecine Veterinaires of Dakar
  • Olivier Lepage, DMV, MS, Privat Dozent, DECVS, VetAgro Sup
  • Andrew T. Maccabe, DVM, MPH, JD, Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
  • Noelle Noyes, PhD, Colorado State University
  • Guy Palmer, DVM, PhD, Washington State University
  • Woutrina A. Smith, DVM, MPVM, PhD, UC Davis
  • Judith N. Wasserheit, MD, MPH, University of Washington

Session partners include Penn Vet, Penn Med’s Center for Global Health, Washington State University’s Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, and VetAgroSup.

Outside the Box: Addressing the Sustainable Development Goals through a One Health Approach will take place on March 15, 2018, 8 am to noon, at the New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 6th Ave, New York, NY 10019. The session is free, but requires separate registration from the CUGH conference. Space is limited. Register here.

Registration for the CUGH Conference is separate from this event. To learn more about the CUGH Conference visit the CUGH 2018 Conference website.

About Penn Vet

Ranked among the top ten veterinary schools worldwide, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) is a global leader in veterinary education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the first veterinary school developed in association with a medical school. The school is a proud member of the One Health initiative, linking human, animal, and environmental health.

Penn Vet serves a diverse population of animals at its two campuses, which include extensive diagnostic and research laboratories. Ryan Hospital in Philadelphia provides care for dogs, cats, and other domestic/companion animals, handling nearly 35,000 patient visits a year. New Bolton Center, Penn Vet’s large-animal hospital on nearly 700 acres in rural Kennett Square, PA, cares for horses and livestock/farm animals. The hospital handles nearly 4,900 patient visits a year, while the Field Service treats more than 38,000 patients at local farms. In addition, New Bolton Center’s campus includes a swine center, working dairy, and poultry unit that provide valuable research for the agriculture industry.

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