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One Health, One World: Let's Talk
MRIC 2014/15

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One Health, One World: Let's Talk

Nancy Chaney

Member, One Health Advisory Board
Suzanne Kurtz
College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State Univeristy

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Whitewater Room, Idaho Commons


One Health is a concept that integrates human, animal, and environmental health. Recognizing that the health of each part of this triad is inextricably linked to the others, proponents include the American Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Environmental Health Association. Complex health-related issues like climate change, food production, chemical resistance, disease transmission, environmental contamination, land use, and regulatory decisions have dire consequences that require effective communication among experts in multiple disciplines, policymakers, and the lay public. This presentation is intended to enhance awareness of One Health and to inspire efforts toward improving interdisciplinary communication and collaboration that are essential as we respond to local, national and global health challenges.


Nancy Chaney is a member of the international One Health Advisory Board. She previously worked as a registered nurse and holds a master’s degree in environmental science from the University of Idaho. She served two terms as mayor of Moscow, and was elected to state and national policymaking positions. She and her husband, a veterinarian and professor emeritus of veterinary medicine at Washington State University, co-own a specialty veterinary business in Moscow.

Suzanne Kurtz, Ph.D., is a clinical professor in WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, where she was founding director of the Clinical Communication Program. She is professor emerita of the University of Calgary (Canada). Focusing on improving communication in human and veterinary medicine, she continues to consult nationally and internationally and has worked with physicians, veterinarians, allied health professionals, students and residents, medical and veterinary faculties, government agencies, and professional organizations across the medical and veterinary specialties.
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