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Your Environment. Your Health.

One Health

Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH)

March 20, 2018

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The concept of One Health emphasizes the connection between human health and the health of animals and the environment – with the goal of improving all health. Like environmental public health, One Health encourages collaborative efforts from different disciplines and backgrounds to achieve its goals locally, nationally, and globally. However, we continue to refine our understanding of how the two interrelate and how One Health approaches may already be taking place within the environmental health sciences. In this context, we heard from two presenters: the first talked about One Health in action from a broad perspective, and the second described how One Health is being applied to environmental health disparities research.



Lisa Conti, D.V.M.

Lisa Conti, D.V.M., serves as the deputy commissioner and chief science officer of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, overseeing the divisions of Food Safety, Agriculture Environmental Services, Aquaculture, Animal Industry, and Plant Industry. She had prior appointments with the Florida Department of Health, where she served as director of the Division of Environmental Health, Florida State Public Health Veterinarian, and State HIV/AIDS Surveillance Coordinator. She has authored or co-authored numerous journal articles on One Health, public health, HIV/AIDS surveillance, vector-borne and zoonotic disease topics. She is coeditor with Peter Rabinowitz of Human-Animal Medicine: Clinical Approaches to Zoonoses, Toxicants and Other Shared Health Risks and coeditor of Confronting Emerging Zoonoses: The One Health Paradigm.

Frank von Hippel, Ph.D.

Frank von Hippel, Ph.D., is a professor of biological sciences at Northern Arizona University. His research incorporates molecular, organismal, and ecological approaches to solve problems in ecotoxicology. A critical component of several of Frank’s projects is community-based participatory research with indigenous peoples. He has active projects in Alaska, Arizona, Australia, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Israel, with grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Flinn Foundation, and the Australian Research Council. Frank’s research has been widely covered in the press, including The New York Times, National Public Radio, The Economist, the BBC, and many other media outlets. Frank serves on the editorial board of the journal Environmental Pollution, hosts the Science History Podcast, and serves on the board of the Science Communication Network.

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