In This Issue
Spring 2020 Newsletter
- Help Us Celebrate 25 Years of National Public Health Week!
- The Use of Vector-Borne Disease Testing in Animals for Human Health
- Coral Reefs and One Health
- One Health in Action: On the Frontline with UMN
- VPH Member Spotlight: Meet Our New Membership Chair!
- COVID-19 Resources for Human and Animal Health
- Upcoming Events
- Get Involved with the VPH SPIG
Editor: Jessica S. Schwind, VPH Communication Chair
One Health in Action: On the Frontline with UMN
By Michael Mahero, VPH Policy Committee Member
The current COVID-19 global pandemic has brought into sharp focus the importance of One Health approaches to the protection and promotion of human, animal and environmental health. Indeed, the complex nature of grand challenges that straddle this interface demand robust responses that can only be achieved through interdisciplinary collaboration that allows for global thinking and local action; action across academic, private and public sectors. Current estimates place this pandemic’s cost to the global economy at 1-2 trillion dollars (UN News, 2020); simply stated, the cost of not getting it right is high. At the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine’s One Health division, we are translating this ethos into action through globally and locally engaged multidisciplinary teams. Two scholars who capture this spirit in exemplary ways are Dr. Lauren Bernstein, a small animal clinician and senior veterinary public health resident and Ms. Jessica Deere, a public health professional and PhD candidate in Veterinary Medicine. Here are their stories from the frontline of One Health in Action:
Ms. Jessica Deere
Despite the undeniable importance of water to human, animal, and environmental health, freshwater ecosystems are affected by anthropogenic activities including the use of chemicals in industrial and household products. Our team is investigating contaminants of emerging concern (CECs), which are chemicals that were previously unknown, unrecognized, or unregulated, in aquatic ecosystems in Minnesota, within the Grand Portage Reservation and 1854 Ceded Territory and along the shores of Lake Superior. The chemicals we tested for include pharmaceuticals and personal care products, so everything from the antibiotics prescribed to humans and animals to the insect repellant we use when we’re out fishing in and exploring near these lakes. We are assessing whether there are differences in the occurrence and concentration of contaminants in fish, water and sediment across environments that are exposed to varying levels of human impact.
Created with images by Anisur Rahman - "scenic-dirt-road-in-spring" • Anton Darius - "untitled image" • Sam Carter - "untitled image" • Lydia Torrey - "untitled image" • Егор Камелев - "untitled image" • Ray Hennessy - "My goal was Pine and Yellow-throated warblers and neither of them dissapointed. I had purposefully been hiking trails deeper into the woods so I didn’t have other people around. When I got back to my car I noticed this blossoming tree nearby and set up near it. The tree was very thick with branches when this Pine Warbler was hoping around in it so it took some time to get it in the clear. I really liked the curious pose on this shot. I did remove a couple branches that were right behind its head in post to clean up the shot." • James Thornton - "Where I’m based in Thailand, Pink anemone fish are common. They’re plucky little creatures that will defend their homes from even the biggest of creatures, (including the very overwhelming reflective glass and bubbles from a divers mask and regulator) this bravery makes them one of my favourite creatures to see whilst under the surface. Especially during a safety stop at 5m, when the sunlight shows the colours in all their glory." • Isa W - "untitled image" • Irina Iriser - "medusa" • Boris Smokrovic - "Butterfly on pink flowers" • Alain Pichot - "This is Tofu, my 9 week old west highland white terrier, or westie for short. I took her out on my kayak and had to use my wide lens and take about 100 photos for each good one that I got. She was just too full of energy! She kept wiggling around and looking at things and sniffing my camera and trying to bite me, and it was a real handful, but it was so cute! She’s just so wiggly!" • Aaron Burden - "untitled image" • Elina Buzurtanova - "Gold cow."