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New Director Appointed for Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s ONE HEALTH OFFICE (USA) - Friday, October 09, 2015

New Director Appointed for Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s ONE HEALTH OFFICE (USA)

Posted One Health Initiative website’s NEWS page October 9, 2015


Captain Casey Barton Behravesh MS, DVM, DrPH, DACVPM, a veterinarian, is the new Director for the CDC One Health Office She is a Captain in the United States Public Health Service. Dr. Barton Behravesh is an advocate of using an interdisciplinary One Health approach involving human, animal, and environmental health to address emerging zoonotic and infectious diseases in order to best protect public health.

Dr. Barton Behravesh served as the Chief of the Epidemiology Activity in the Rickettsial Zoonoses Branch, Division of Vector-borne Diseases (2014-2015) where she worked on important One Health issues both domestically and internationally such as fighting Rocky Mountain spotted fever transmitted by the brown dog tick, which makes focusing disease control efforts on human, dog, and environmental health of critical importance.

From 2006-2014, Dr. Barton Behravesh worked in the Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases. She most recently served as the Deputy Branch Chief of the Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases (DFWED) and as the DFWED Coordinator for Enteric Zoonoses and One Health. During her 8 years with DFWED, she focused her efforts on investigating outbreaks of human illnesses caused by enteric pathogens, including Salmonella and Escherichia coli O157:H7, due to foodborne, waterborne, and contact with animals and their environments. These multistate foodborne and zoonotic outbreaks include E. coli O157:H7 infections linked to petting zoos, unpasteurized dairy products, and contaminated meat products, as well as human Salmonella infections linked to backyard poultry, reptiles/amphibians, rodents, dry pet food, and variety of foods such as peanut butter and produce. Her work led to the formation of the Enteric Zoonoses Team in the Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch. She has extensive experience bridging the gap between human and animal health officials at the local, state, federal, and international level related to emerging zoonotic and infectious diseases.

Dr. Barton Behravesh serves as the CDC liaison to the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, and as the CDC representative to the American Veterinary Medical Association Council for Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine and the United States Animal Health Association. Since 2013, she has served as adjunct faculty in the Texas A&M University (TAMU), College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences; TAMU also has a notable One Health program Dr. Barton Behravesh enjoys mentoring the future public health work force and has supervised dozens of EIS officers and epidemiology elective students since joining CDC in 2006.

Dr. Barton Behravesh has a Master of Science in Veterinary Parasitology from Texas A&M University. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Texas A&M University and a Doctor of Public Health degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health, both in 2005. She was an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer from 2006-2008 with the Enteric Diseases Epidemiology Branch at the CDC. She is board certified in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.

Ravenswood Media Newsletter Publishes Second One Health Article - Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Ravenswood Media Newsletter Publishes Second One Health Article

Current One Health article: October 2015 - One Health in Action The One Health concept promises to take human health and conservation into a better future.”


The June 2014 - Issue #16 of the Ravenswood Media Newsletter published a first One Health article.  Please see

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David McGowan, President

Ravenswood Media, Inc.


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Ravenswood Media is an Academy Award nominated documentary production house based in Chicago. We specialize in environmental and conservation films, particularly about the Great Lakes. Our clients include both government agencies and not-for-profit organizations. Ravenswood Media exists because we believe that conservation and a healthy environment are critically important for a positive future of humankind.”

Governance and One Health: Exploring the Impact of Federalism and Bureaucracy on Zoonotic Disease Detection and Reporting - Monday, October 05, 2015

Veterinary Science Journal. 2015, 2(2), 69-83; doi:10.3390/vetsci2020069:  

Governance and One Health: Exploring the Impact of Federalism and Bureaucracy on Zoonotic Disease Detection and Reporting

Heather A. Allen, PhD, MPA

Center for Food Security and Public Health, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011, USA Published: May 13, 2015

(This article belongs to the Special Issue Feature Papers)

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The merits of One Health have been thoroughly described in the literature, but how One Health operates in the United States federal system of government is rarely discussed or analyzed. Through a comparative case-study approach, this research explores how federalism, bureaucratic behavior, and institutional design in the United States may influence zoonotic disease outbreak detection and reporting, a key One Health activity. Using theoretical and empirical literature, as well as a survey/interview instrument for individuals directly involved in a past zoonotic disease outbreak, the impacts of governance are discussed. As predicted in the theoretical literature, empirical findings suggest that federalism, institutional design, and bureaucracy may play a role in facilitating or impeding zoonotic disease outbreak detection and reporting. Regulatory differences across states as well as compartmentalization of information within agencies may impede disease detection. However, the impact may not always be negative: bureaucracies can also be adaptive; federalism allows states important opportunities for innovation. While acknowledging there are many other factors that also matter in zoonotic disease detection and reporting, this research is one of the first attempts to raise awareness in the literature and stimulate discussion on the intersection of governance and One Health.

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

3rd GRF One Health Summit 2015: October 4-7, 2015 - Davos, Switzerland - Friday, October 02, 2015

Last Notice: 3rd GRF One Health Summit 2015

Fostering interdisciplinary collaboration for global public and animal health

October 4-7, 2015 - Davos, Switzerland and  Updated September 24, 2015

 Endorsed by One Health Initiative team and others—see: (scroll down)

A Physician’s View of One Health: Challenges and Opportunities - Thursday, October 01, 2015

 Notable One Health Commentary:

A Physician’s View of One Health: Challenges and Opportunities

By Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, MD

Vet. Sci. 2015, 2(1), 23-25; doi:10.3390/vetsci2010023

See: and read complete commentary

Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA Published: February 16 2015 (This article belongs to the Special Issue Feature Papers) View Full-Text Download PDF [45 KB, 19 February 2015; original version 16 February 2015]

From New Publications in the One Health Journal Veterinary Sciences — Basel, Switzerland: The new online Open Access journal Veterinary Sciences (ISSN 2306-7381, published three new issues in 2015: Vet. Sci., Volume 2, Issue 1 (March 2015), Pages 1-42.  These publications were previously highlighted on the One Health Initiative website’s Publications page

Note: In lieu of an abstract, this is an excerpt from the first page.


One Health is one of the most important movements and emerging concepts in health today. The convergence of the fields of human and animal medicine has the potential to generate novel scientific hypotheses, create effective new therapies and potentially transform how physicians, veterinarians and their patients understand health and disease. Despite this potential, One Health has not yet gained significant awareness or traction in human medical communities. From its inception, One Health, sometimes also called One Medicine, has been piloted primarily by leaders from the world of veterinary medicine. Although the specific term was coined perhaps 10 years ago, comparative medicine has been quietly evident on university campuses with veterinary and medical schools for decades longer. Although a few physicians have played major leadership roles in One Health, in the United States, despite over ten years of the movement’s robust growth, many have still not heard of it. Furthermore, physicians with some awareness of One Health often believe it to be primarily and exclusively about zoonotic infections and global health. The much broader scope and potential of One Health as also including comparative physiology and medicine is not being communicated effectively. Consequently, the human medical community remains largely disengaged. This is problematic because without significant engagement from physicians, nurses and other human health care professionals, the potential of One Health cannot be realized. To advance One Health it is imperative that we first understand the roots of under-engagement of the human medical community. This, in turn, can guide the development of novel and engaging opportunities for physician which demonstrate the power relevance of One Health’s comparative, collaborative and cooperative approach.[...]

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Dr. Natterson-Horowitz is a longstanding One Health Supporter

The One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team endorses the Veterinary Sciences — Open Access Journal on the One Health Initiative website

History of the One Health Initiative team (April 2006 through September 2015) and the One Health Initiative website since October 1, 2008 - Friday, September 25, 2015

Posted One Health Initiative website September 25, 2015

Note: There have been many inquiries requesting an accurate historical account of the “One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono team” and the One Health Initiative website...

History of the One Health Initiative team (April 2006 through September 2015) and the One Health Initiative website since October 1, 2008  


By One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono team: Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP ▪ Bruce Kaplan, DVM ▪ Thomas P. Monath, MD ▪ Jack Woodall, PhD ▪ Lisa A. Conti, DVM, MPH

Two separate historical interviews with One Health Initiative team members were published in the International Innovations magazine (Bristol, United Kingdom): June 2010 and June 2011  Subsequently a more comprehensive documented historical description was published in 2013 entitled “One Health Initiative Advances Care for Humans, Animals and the Environment   Below is a concise updated version as of September 24, 2015:

The One Health Concept is generally defined as a worldwide strategy for expanding interdisciplinary collaborations and communications in all aspects of health care for humans, animals and the environment. The synergism achieved will advance health care for the 21st century and beyond by accelerating biomedical research discoveries, enhancing public health efficacy, expeditiously expanding the scientific knowledge base, and improving medical education and clinical care. When properly implemented, it will help protect and save untold millions of lives in our present and future generations.  One Health has been the most commonly used term for the concept in the early 21 century.  This evolved from the term One Medicine used during the latter half of the 20th century, first coined and promoted by veterinarian Calvin W. Schwabe DVM, MPH, ScD

The One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono team (OHI) was co-founded originally by physician Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP, veterinarian Bruce Kaplan, DVM (April 2006), and physician Thomas P. Monath, MD (March 2007) in 2006-2007 for the sole purpose of promoting the One Health concept nationally and internationally. The OHI team was expanded to include health research scientist Jack Woodall, PhD in February 2009 and public health veterinarian Lisa A. Conti, DVM, MPH in January 2012.  Drs. Kahn, Kaplan and Monath [One Health Initiative website owner and his “brainchild”] initiated the OHI website October 1, 2008.  Dr. Kaplan is the primary OHI website contents manager/editor and Dr. Woodall, a co-founder of ProMED mail, is the contents manager of the OHI website’s popular ProMED Outbreak Reports page 

The OHI team’s purpose and goals are solely for educating international multidisciplinary scientific communities, political and governmental leaders, the general public, and news media about the One Health concept and helping to promote the One Health concept’s expeditious implementation worldwide.  This has been done via numerous national and international publications, e.g.;;;;;;; and book chapters as well as through the OHI website’s posting various One Health written contributions over the years, all of which have been documented on the OHI website. 


The June 2007 landmark American Medical Association (AMA) One Health resolution'One%20Health'%20Final%206%2025%2007.pdf was primarily drafted by Dr. Kahn at the bequest of the late AMA President and great One Health advocate Ronald Davis, MD; Drs. Monath and Kaplan assisted.  An established Honorary Advisory Board, since December 1, 2010, consists of notable One Health VIPs from within the U.S., Canada and worldwide. 

The OHI team has individually accepted national and international public speaker engagements, e.g. the milestone World Veterinary Association/World Medical Association One Health Conference [Drs. Kahn and Conti were keynote speakers at the May 2015 meeting in Spain.  They have been and continue being highly sought after knowledgeable One Health speakers in other forums].  The OHI team has also helped provide other prominent One Health speakers for various One Health meetings upon request(s) over the years.

The OHI team works collaboratively with many prominent One Health national and international organizations like the American Association of Public Health Physicians; the U.S. One Health Commission (OHC) OHC and OHI letter to the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association)/—notably, Dr. Monath served on the AVMA One Health Task Force in 2008, the precursor to the OHC and thereafter represented the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (ASTMH) on the early commission activities—; One Health Sweden [indeed the OHI team, working collaboratively with One Health Sweden physician and veterinarian representatives at a meeting in Sarasota, Florida, December 2013, helped develop the widely accepted and internationally recognized One Health umbrella graphic]; and the nascent One Health Platform  The OHI team currently participates in all known international One Health Journal endeavors

In addition, since its inception, the OHI team/OHI website has worked closely with the One Health Newsletter, a widely read online One Health product of the University of Florida (Emerging Pathogens Institute-USA)—formerly produced by the Florida State Department of Health (USA), see, and 

The policy of the One Health Initiative team has always been to provide and continues to provide free access for reading and submitting acceptable One Health News, Publications, and Upcoming Events items for posting on the OHI website.  All reputable One Health organizations, and individuals in the U.S. and worldwide are recognized and welcomed as supporters/advocates without discrimination. The OHI team works pro bono and requires/accepts no fees whatsoever from any and all One Health supporter/advocate organizations and individuals who wish to participate.

Over the last few years the OHI team website’s monthly individual visits are roughly estimated to be about 20,000 from over 150 countries.  The OHI team’s email distribution list totals 1168 individuals from 69 countries including: United States, Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lithuania, Malasia, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Nepal, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sudan,  Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Viet Nam, and Zambia.  The “One Health Initiative” Supporters list totals 865 to date.  A September 24, 2015 OHI Publications page item lists some prominent U.S. and international individual and organizational One Health Endorsements (multidisciplinary) from June 2011 to July 2015

The OHI website has been referred to internationally by many as the clearing house for all pertinent One Health information worldwide and recently some prominent One Health advocates have called it the New York Times of One Health. The OHI website is now known to have had at least 118 reciprocal links,%202015.pdf, like CEEZAD and others, from within the U.S. and internationally.  Most significantly, there is further evidence regarding the national and international One Health informational website status: among the recognized high profile search engines, the top three, i.e., Google, Bing and Yahoo list the One Health Initiative website first or among the first when either “One Health Initiative” or “One Health” are typed in.

Nonetheless, there are numerous other informative One Health oriented national and international websites from U.S. Government agencies e.g. the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC);  U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal Plant and Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS); U.S. and worldwide university institutions, e.g. University of Pennsylvania, Kansas State University, The University of Washington, the One Health Commission (OHC), a U.S. based incorporated organization, The Royal Veterinary College, University of London, and many others.

The One Health concept has been successfully applied to many clinical health and public health milieus during the 19th, 20th and early 21st centuries.  Some significant examples of clinical health advances through comparative medical/surgical endeavors occurred during the past centuries using the One Health approach, i.e. these include public health and comparative medicine issues such as Heart Disease, Cancer, Orthopedic Disease, Anesthesiology, Obesity, Parasitic Diseases, Tuberculosis, Global Infectious Disease, Influenza,  Human Hepatitis C virus, Tickborne Diseases, Food Safety, Hendra virus vaccine, Aspergillus felis, Immunizations (vaccinations), Lou Gehrig’s Disease,  Ebola, Antibiotic Use and Resistance, Staphylococcus resistant infections, Environmental health Policymaking, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever viruses, Renderpest, Emergency/Disaster preparedness and many others. *SEE: *

Also documented on the OHI website is a relatively recent distinctive comparative medicine promotional activity termed “Zoobiquity” by its founder physician Barbara Natterson Horowitz, MD.  This concept is essentially synonymous with “comparative medicine/translational medicine”, recognizes some unique examples, reinforces the wisdom for encouraging physician-veterinarian collaborations and fits well under the One Health umbrella.  Although there have certainly not been enough comparative medical/surgical research efforts (i.e., utilizing an interdisciplinary collaborative One Health approach), the One Health Initiative website has been posting important examples of One Health research advances since 2009 and these were noted on this 2009-2012 link:; more recently a more expanded list was chronicled in the above *paragraph.

As mentioned, there are many other significant illustrations of “One Health” clinical research and public health successes extending back through the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries and before.  Public health achievements utilizing the One Health approach are prolific as are clinical health endeavors.  Both have been described in the OHI website NEWS and Publications pages as well as in many other referenced publications worldwide. 

Prominent U.S. and international individual and organizational One Health Endorsements (multidisciplinary) – June 2011 to July 2015 - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Prominent U.S. and international individual and organizational One Health Endorsements (multidisciplinary) – June 2011 to July 2015

Posted on One Health Initiative website:

Establishment of the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria - Wednesday, September 16, 2015

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health

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Establishment of the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Tuesday, September 15, 2015—The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announce the appointment of nationally recognized experts to the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (the Advisory Council).

 “Antibiotic resistance is a growing public health threat across our country. That’s why it’s so important that we work together to address this challenge,” said HHS Secretary Burwell. “Work is underway to implement a National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, a research-driven plan to identify and coordinate action across the administration to prevent and control outbreaks of resistant pathogens. We have made progress including CDC’s new recommendations for nursing homes to improve antibiotic prescribing. But there is still more to do. I know this council will be important to this effort and provide invaluable advice on our programs, policies and plans to continue our work to combat this growing global threat.”

Antibiotics reduce illness and death from infectious diseases. However, an increasing number of bacterial infections no longer respond to our most powerful antibiotics, putting patients at risk for severe infections and even death. Detecting, preventing, and controlling antibiotic resistance requires a strategic, coordinated, and sustained effort. The work of the Advisory Council complements other federal efforts, including the National Strategy for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria and the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria. Together, these efforts provide a roadmap to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics, strengthen surveillance, prevent the transmission of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, further new research, and improve international coordination.

 “The range and depth of expertise on the Advisory Council will be invaluable to USDA and our partner agencies as we work to ensure the continued effectiveness of antibiotics,” said Agriculture Secretary Vilsack. “We at USDA look forward to working with these council members who have dedicated their careers to addressing what has become a critical public health concern.”

 "The threat from antibiotic resistant bacteria is not just a health issue - it is a threat to the safety of all Americans and their trust in our institutions providing health care," said the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Dr. Jonathan Woodson. "The Defense Department is excited about this opportunity to work with leading scientists and researchers in the field to improve our national and international strategies for combating antibiotic-resistant bacteria." ...

Please see entire News Release:

Note: “The appointed Vice Chair: *Lonnie J. King, D.V.M., M.S., M.P.A., A.C.V.P.M.; Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine, Executive Dean, Health Science Colleges, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Dr. King has more than 30 years of expertise in advancing the health and welfare of animals and humans. He is an innovator in veterinary education, biomedical research, and animal disease discovery. Dr. King is an expert in the “One Health” initiative and frequently serves as a keynote and guest panelist to diverse audiences worldwide regarding the convergence of human and animal health. He has also served as co-chair on the joint Task Force on Antibiotic Resistance in Production Agriculture to respond to the recommendations in the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology report on Antimicrobial Resistance.”

*Dr. King is also a member of the One Health Initiative team’s Honorary Advisory Board

Why Animal Health Matters [A One Health perspective] - Published September 15, 2015 - Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Why Animal Health Matters [A One Health perspective]

Published on September 15, 2015 by the ANIMAL HEALTH INSTITUTE (AHI)

Please watch *Dr. Laura H. Kahn [MD, MPH, MPP], Physician and Research Scholar at the program of Science and Global Security at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public at International Affairs at Princeton University discuss the concept of one health.


“The video concept is to promote the idea of One Health and how important healthy animals are to humans. Often overlooked and misunderstood, we want to bring evidence to viewers as to why veterinarians and animal health is so important.”

This YouTube video was produced by Story Partners, LLC for the Animal Health Institute

Provided by:

Adam Croglia, Director
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*Dr. Kahn is a Co-Founder of the One Health Initiative team and One Health Initiative website

REMINDER: important One Health issues involved...International Society for Infectious Diseases/ProMED Symposium on Emerging Infectious Diseases at 2015 American Society of Microbiology’s Conference of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC)/ Interna - Saturday, September 12, 2015

REMINDER: important One Health issues involved...

International Society for Infectious Diseases/ProMED Symposium on Emerging Infectious Diseases at 2015 American Society of Microbiology’s Conference of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC)/ International Congress of Chemotherapy and Infection (ICC) – September 17, 2015

Please consider joining ISID, ProMED and ASM in a new one-day collaborative symposium, Emerging Infectious Diseases in the Time of Ebola, at ICAAC/ICC on Thursday, September 17, 2015.

With the goal of providing a critical update on emerging infectious diseases in a global context, an international panel of infectious disease experts will discuss updates on advances in understanding and investigating emerging diseases and evolving methods for predicting, detecting and managing outbreaks. Sessions will fully embody the "One Health" model of emerging diseases, recognizing the commonality of human, animal and environmental health.

The symposium is designed to create a lively atmosphere for discussion and exchange of knowledge. It is suited for researchers, clinicians, veterinary health specialists, microbiologists, virologists, public health officials and policy makers at all levels interested in emerging pathogens and outbreak control.

Partial list of session titles:

  • Challenges and Trends in Emerging Infectious Diseases: A Global Perspective
  • Drivers of Disease Emergence
  • Preventing Emerging Pandemic Threats
  • Innovations in Emerging Disease Detection
  • Challenges and Controversies from the 2014- 2015 Ebola Outbreak and What We Can Learn

Website link:

Provided August 20, 2015 by:

Britta Lassmann, MD

ISID Program Director

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