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Experienced Texas A & M University (USA) One Health Professor Enhances a Dynamic One Health Program - Thursday, June 08, 2017

Experienced Texas A & M University (USA) One Health Professor Enhances a Dynamic One Health Program

 

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Since 2015, Rosina (Tammi) C. Krecek, FRSSAf, BS, MS, PhD, MAP, MBA has been Research Professor of Global One Health and Interim Assistant Dean of One Health at the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas (USA).  Dr. Krecek works within a dynamic, expanding One Health program under the auspices of an extraordinary CVM Dean, Dr. Eleanor M. Green [DVM, DACVIM, DABVP] http://vetmed.tamu.edu/about-us/dean.  One recent dramatic example of the visionary One Health TAMU activities was demonstrated with a Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at The Bush School of Government and Public Service report entitled “The Growing Threat of Pandemics: Enhancing Domestic and International Biosecurity - March 2017” https://goo.gl/y9pXo6.  

Krecek has more than 30 years international experience at building sustainable One Health research, education and outreach programs in Africa, the Caribbean and the USA.  Her focus has been a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach for diagnosis and interventions to prevent and manage zoonotic parasitic and infectious diseases which impact resource-poor communities. She established a successful international agricultural consultancy in Sub-Saharan Africa, which addresses societal issues through novel One Health solutions. Two of her overall strengths are establishing international sustainable strategic partnerships, and leading teams to successfully achieve their goals.

In 2005, she was recruited as Associate Dean for Research, and Professor of Parasitology at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on St. Kitts to create a research program which was completely lacking.  Krecek established and led a credible and sustainable research program with a One Health focus endorsed by all global, international, national, regional, and island stakeholders (i.e., World Association for Animal Health (OIE), World Health Organization (WHO), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), etc.) Under her research and administrative leadership Ross established a One Health research program with several “firsts”: a Memorandum of Understanding signed between St. Kitts-Nevis Ministries of Agriculture and Human Health and Ross, which strengthened partnerships across diverse disciplines; developed a strategic plan and attracted comprehensive institutional funding to build research and animal facilities, develop operating policies and attract research faculty to support the One Health approach; established the Ross graduate program which was awarded accreditation from the St. Kitts-Nevis Ministry of Education; and awarded funding for the Ross Merial Veterinary Scholars Program. In 2011, as a result of this 6-year strategic effort, Ross achieved accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA COE) and was awarded a full 7-year accreditation, becoming the first veterinary school in the Caribbean and the 5th foreign school to achieve this global benchmark.

Leading strategic partnerships and working critically in team efforts are proven strengths, as evidenced by the awarding of a 2015 U.S. Department of Homeland Security contract for a novel collaborative multidisciplinary training program. This “Bench to Shop” program (http://vetmed.tamu.edu/benchtoshop) develops an international curriculum for next generation scientists to take bench discoveries for high consequence transboundary diseases to commercialization.

Significant achievements during Krecek’s tenure as Interim Assistant Dean of One Health at Texas A&M held since 2015 have advanced the One Health initiative to the next level (http://onehealth.tamu.edu). This includes 3 recent grant awards for the establishment of new interdisciplinary programs (e.g., comparative genomics of agricultural, animal, human pests and microbes; porcine cysticercosis biosafety and biosecurity international training initiatives including 21 countries, etc.) with several awarded. A critical process has been to compile performance metrics for campus-wide One Health research, demonstrating positive outcomes in various research, education and outreach programs.

Krecek currently serves with distinction on the One Health Commission’s Board of Directors https://www.onehealthcommission.org/en/leadership__board_of_directors/.


Two One Health Programs work to integrate human health into “One Health” (USA) - Monday, April 13, 2015

Two One Health Programs work to integrate human health into “One Health” (USA)

*Peter M. Rabinowitz, MD, MPH and **Eleanor M. Green, DVM, DACVIM, DABVP

 

Provided to the One Health Initiative website www.onehealthinitiative.com on April 8, 2015

 

While One Health stresses the interdisciplinary collaboration and cooperation between human, animal, and environmental health professionals, as well as other disciplines, some have reported that human health has been underrepresented in current One Health efforts at the University level.  In response to this need, two U.S. One Health Programs, one based at Texas A&M University and the other at the University of Washington, are taking innovative steps to bring more human health care professionals into the realm of One Health.

At Texas A&M University, a One Health initiative was formed in 2013 following discussions between the deans of the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and the College of Medicine. Soon afterwards, “One Health” was designated a university Grand Challenge, signifying an important societal impact area built upon notable university strengths.

An essential component of the One Health Grand Challenge is active participation by multiple colleges across the university and today all colleges at Texas A&M are contributing. While educational, research, and outreach programs in One Health are expanding, one prime example of the partnership between human and veterinary health care professionals with an inclusive approach is the summer practicum experience in Ometepe, Nicaragua. 

A multidisciplinary team of students and faculty include medical students, veterinary medical students, public health students, and agriculture from Texas A&M University http://onehealth.tamu.edu/about/partners and other universities, the first being the University of California Davis (USA) http://globalhealth.ucdavis.edu/initiatives/one_health.html. The students train and work together to collect data to determine the major health challenges in people, animals, and the environment and to provide sustainable solutions for the community, doing so with full understanding of local culture, assets, and limitations. They provide clinical care to both people and animals in a rural setting.

At the clinic sites, there is true cross coverage and cross training among the students, with the medical students working with the local veterinarian to take care of the animal patients and the veterinary medical students working with the physician in the care of the human patients. Through this model there is a continuous rotation of students working in all areas of human, animal, and public health.

Based upon surveys, human and animal patient examinations, and diagnostic testing, areas of needed focus are determined. Nicaragua is certain to benefit from this One Health approach, which is identifying tangible connections between human, animal, and environmental health. Each year new One Health care teams will visit Nicaragua to build upon the findings and recommendations of previous teams. In addition, as part of recent curriculum revisions in College of Medicine, Texas A&M medical students will now be able to choose a One Health emphasis as an elective component of their training, resulting in a certificate in One Health.  The certificate in One Health is also available to all professional students across Texas A&M University, including veterinary medical students.  The students have also formed a Student One Health Association.

At the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle, the recently formed UW Center for One Health Research (COHR) http://deohs.washington.edu/cohr/ is one of the few One Health programs nationally that is based in a public health/medical school complex rather than primarily at a veterinary medical school. COHR is serving as a means for medical and public health students, including global health and environmental health majors, to get involved with One Health efforts, including programs at the Washington State College of Veterinary Medicine.

University of Washington medical students recently teamed up with their counterparts in the WSU College of Veterinary medicine to create student posters for the Zoobiquity http://zoobiquity.com/ 4 conference held in Seattle in November 2014, collaborating on subjects such as Ebola infections across species. UW medical students and public health students are actively working with the Center for One Health Research on a number of projects, including investigation of E coli O157 infections in humans and animals, sharing of microbiome between humans and domestic animals, antibiotic resistance in different species, and the effect of natural gas extraction activities on the health of humans and animals.  COHR has also proposed starting a training track for animal and human health professionals (Occupational Health at the Human Health Interface: OHHAI) to prepare them for careers involved in research and practice regarding  the unique occupational health needs of animal workers including workers in animal agriculture, veterinary workers, and workers with wildlife contact. COHR has applied to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health for funding for this program and is hoping to initiate training activities later this year.

*Dr. Peter M. Rabinowitz http://deohs.washington.edu/faculty/rabinowitz_peter, a physician One Health leader, is director of the UW Center for One Health research in Seattle, Washington (USA).  Dr. Rabinowitz is a longstanding collaborator with the One Health Initiative team and concomitantly a member of the One Health Initiative team’s Honorary Advisory Board http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/advBoard.php.  Notably, Dr. Rabinowitz and Dr. Lisa A. Conti [DVM, MPH], an internationally recognized veterinarian One Health leader and member of the One Health Initiative team, collaborated jointly to co-write/edit and publish the landmark One Health textbook Human-Animal Medicine – Clinical Approaches to Zoonoses, Toxicants and other Shared Health Risks http://www.us.elsevierhealth.com/product.jsp?isbn=9781416068372 - 1st Edition (2010).

**Dr. Eleanor M. Green http://vetmed.tamu.edu/dean, a veterinarian One Health leader, is Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas (USA) and a longstanding One Health Supporter http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/supporters.php.  Dr. Green’s progressive interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary One Health leadership at Texas A & M has been previously documented on the OHI website: http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/news.php?query=Texas+A+%26+M.


Texas A & M University (TAMU) Physician and Infectious Disease Specialist Endorses One Health – (USA) - Monday, December 29, 2014

Texas A & M University (TAMU) Physician and Infectious Disease Specialist Endorses One Health – (USA)

 Provided to One Health Initiative website December 26, 2014:

“We are committed to the One Health view at Texas A&M University where I, along with another physician, work in collaboration with a veterinarian to promote One Health solutions from problems ranging from Staphylococcal aureus infections in humans and companion animals to developing solutions for the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance.  Please see my recent interview [entitled 'Collaboration: A One Health Approach to Ebola'] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSAJJcg1a1c.”

Seth J. Sullivan, MD, MPH

http://www.sw.org/Dr-Seth-J-Sullivan

Clinical Assistant Professor College of Medicine, Texas A&M Health Science Center
Division of Infectious Disease and Internal Medicine
Baylor Scott and White Healthcare

College Station, Texas (USA)

(979)207-4490 office

(979)207-4582 fax

sjsullivan@sw.org

Dr. Sullivan is a listed One Health Initiative Supporter/advocate http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/supporters.php (scroll down).

Note:  Please read more about the outstanding broad spectrum One Health program at TAMU at http://onehealth.tamu.edu/challenge and http://onehealth.tamu.edu/about/partners.  One Health has been significantly advanced at TAMU by their college of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences http://vetmed.tamu.edu/ under the visonary, collaborative leadership of Dean Eleanor M. Green [DVM, DACVIM, DABVP] http://vetmed.tamu.edu/dean.  Dr. Green is also a longstanding One Health Supporter/advocate http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/supporters.php and was featured on the One Health Initiative website’s NEWS page on October 17 and November 11, 2014 http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/news.php?query=Texas+A+%26+M.


Texas A & M (College Station, Texas-USA) Dean Endorses One Health Initiative team activities - November 11, 2014 - Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Texas A & M (College Station, Texas-USA) Dean Endorses One Health Initiative team activities

November 11, 2014

Dear One Health Autonomous Pro Bono Team,

It is an encouragement to see your teams' persistent effort in the promotion of the One Health message. Your relentless effort to garner support and solicit endorsements from leaders in health care for humans, animals and the environment is inspiring. 

We at Texas A&M System support the One Health Initiative with an endorsement that goes beyond words. As you know, we have been tirelessly at work to establish a One Health initiative of our own, started in 2011, by Dr. Thomas "Sam" Shomaker, former Dean of the College of Medicine at the Texas A&M Health Science Center, Dr. Bhanu Chowdhary, Associate Dean of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, and Dr. Suzanne Yandow, Clinical Professor and Physician of the College of Medicine at the Texas A&M Health Science Center and myself, Dean of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. In concert with your effort, our vision is improved animal, human, and environmental health and well-being. We anticipate working together in any way possible to advance the One Health collaborative effort across disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally to attain sustainable optimal health for the biological community of living organisms (humans, animals, plants, and microbes) comprising the ecosystem.

Eleanor M. Green, DVM, DACVIM, DABVP

Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine

Box 4461

College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

TexasA&M University

College Station, TX 77843-4461

979-845-5053 – work

979-676-0844 – cell

979-845-5088 – fax

egreen@cvm.tamu.edu

www.vetmed.tamu.edu

 

Dr. Green is a longstanding prominent One Health Supporter/Advocate http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/supporters.php.


 
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