North Carolina One Health Collaborative - One Health Commission

North Carolina One Health Collaborative


1.    Organization Name: North Carolina One Health Collaborative


2.    Narrative Description:


Formed in June 2010 by local/regional One Health Stakeholders, the North Carolina

One Health Collaborative sponsors a One Health Intellectual Exchange Discussion

series aimed at bringing both established local professionals and students together in

conversations at the interface of their respective arenas. Within the discussion series the

Collaborative has created a One Health course titled ‘One Health: From Philosophy to

Practice’ offered spring semesters and cross listed among Duke University, North Carolina State

University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The North Carolina One Health Collaborative

believes that training of future professionals in use of the One Health approach is paramount to global health.


3.    Purpose/Mission:


The purpose of the North Carolina One Health Collaborative is to promote and

improve the health and well-being of all species by enhancing collaboration between

physicians, veterinarians, researchers and other local / global health professionals, and

by increasing public awareness of the interconnectedness of people, animals and the



4.    Type of Organization:  Private, Non-Profit Organization


5.    Scope:


North Carolina with online National and International Outreach


6.    Country and State and City:


Research Triangle Park region of Central North Carolina including Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, USA


7.    Primary Funders:


Via its affiliate, umbrella organization, the Triangle Global Health Consortium, support

comes from Duke University, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and North

Carolina State University. The North Carolina Biotechnology Center in the Research

Triangle Park provides meeting space and Discussion Forum support.


8.    One Health Course(s) being taught:


            Title of Course:  One Health: From Philosophy to Practice

            Contact person’s (s’) name(s) and email(s):

                        Cheryl Stroud, NC One Health Collaborative Chair,

                        Barrett Slenning for North Carolina State University,

                        Larry Glickman for UNC, Chapel Hill,

                        Chris Woods for Duke University,

             Link to Course informational web page:


9.    Other One Health Activities/Initiatives  

(Symposiums, Summits, Workshops, Discussion Series - sponsored by your institution / organization)


Title of program: One Health Intellectual Exchange Group Discussion Series


The North Carolina One Health Collaborative sponsors the "One Health Intellectual Exchange Group" discussion series. These

interdisciplinary sessions are designed to provide a forum for direct communications / collaborations between physicians,

veterinarians, environmental, plant and wildlife researchers, public health and other local/global health professionals.  Held on

Tuesday evenings from 5:30 – 7:30pm at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, these sessions are held weekly

January – April and monthly the rest of the year. All local professionals and interested students are encouraged to participate.


Contact person’s name and email : Cheryl Stroud, DVM, PhD, Chair, NC One Health                                                                              Collaborative Intellectual Exchange Group Discussion Forum,

Link to program informational web page:


10.                      One Health Certificate or Training Programs: None


11.                      Organization Website:


12.                      Participants and Key Collaborators:  

a.      Participants: Individual professionals and students along with founding stakeholders from Duke University, North Carolina State University (NCSU), and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). Participation is open to all health related professionals within the community.


b.      Key Collaborators: Steering Committee:


Cheryl Stroud, D.V.M., PhD, Chair, North Carolina One Health Collaborative Steering Committee

Meredith A. BarrettPhD, Scholar, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Margaret (Peggy) Bentley, PhD Associate Dean for Global Health, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and Chair, Triangle Global Health Consortium

Ed Breitschwerdt, D.V.M. Professor, Internal Medicine at NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center

Vivian Doelling, BS, PhD, Integrated Laboratory Solutions, Inc.

Larry Glickman, V.M.D., Dr.Ph. Research Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, UNC Chapel Hill

Mamie Sackey HarrisBS, MS, MPH, Africa Programs Coordinator, UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases

Kelly Jeffer, D.V.M. Public Health Liaison Veterinarian, Emergency Programs Division, North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

Jay LevineB.S., D.V.M. M.P.H., College of Veterinary Medicine, NCSU

Mike Loomis, D.V.M. Chief Veterinarian, North Carolina Zoo

Jorge Piedrahita, B.S., PhD, Center for Comparative Medical and Translational Research

Barrett Slenning,D.V.M. Director, Agrosecurity & Biopreparedness, NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine

William Stokes, D.V.M. ICCVAM Executive Director & NICEATM Director, DACLAM NIEHS

Suzanne Kennedy-Stoskopf, D.V.M. Research Professor, Department of Clinical Sciences, NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine

David J. Weber, MD, MPH. Research Professor, Department of Clinical Sciences, NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Carl Williams,D.V.M., M.A., DACVPM State Public Health Veterinarian, NC Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health

Chris Woods, M.D., M.P.H. Associate Professor of Medicine-Infectious Diseases, Duke University



13.                      Brief History of Your Organization’s One Health Involvement:

North Carolina Stakeholders Form One Health Collaborative 

Summer 2010

 What is the term ‘One Health’ all about?


The working concept of 'One Health', refers to the interconnectedness of human, animal (wild and domestic) and environmental health. Over the past decade, this philosophy has gained increasing momentum in scientific communities as our knowledge base has expanded and overlaps in human, animal and environmental health have become more apparent.

This cross-discipline approach gained national attention in the last four years by the joining of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the American Medical Association (AMA) and other organizations in creation of a national One Health Initiative Task force that evolved in 2009 into the National One Health Commission. Simultaneously, a group of One Health minded Physicians and Veterinarians, Dr.s Kahn, Kaplan, Monath and Woodall, developed a One Health Initiative website that promotes cross discipline collaborations and news dissemination. There is much to be done to educate and inform ourselves across health professions.


North Carolina’s One Health History


The state’s efforts in One Health began at least 20 years ago. In the early 1990’s, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) championed a statewide geographic information system to address domestic animal health issues. This health-oriented information structure evolved into the NC Multi-Hazard Threat Database,, in which state agencies collaborate to protect health across animals and humans. Then, following hurricanes Fran (1996) and Floyd (1999), NCDA&CS, NC Emergency Management, NCSU Cooperative Extension Service, NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine, and private veterinarians established the State Animal Response Team (SART) to assist with human and animal protection and movement during a disaster. Soon after, NC SART became a national FEMA model for other states’ efforts. 

By 2000, an increasing recognition of the ties between human, animal, and ecosystem health led to the first annual North Carolina symposium focused on these issues. Co-sponsored by leaders in state government and academia, in 2003 it became the North Carolina One Medicine Symposium. Every December this international meeting consistently attracts over 300 participants, including health workers, public safety professionals, and policy makers, all working at the intersection of animal, human, and environmental health.

The NC Bio-Preparedness Collaborative (NCB-Prepared), a partnership of UNC–CH, NCSU, SAS Institute, NC Public Health and others, was also launched in 2010. This integrative technology effort responds to needs for faster recognition and response to biological threats. It enhances both human and animal bio-surveillance for timely information integration, decision making, and dissemination. NCB-Prepared eventually plans for implementation on a regional or national level.


The North Carolina One Health Collaborative

 In April, 2010, One Health stakeholders from both public and private North Carolina organizations established themselves as the North Carolina One Health Collaborative. Partnering with the local, non-profit Triangle Global Health Consortium (TGHC), the mission of the new One Health Collaborative is to promote and improve the health and well-being of all species by enhancing collaboration between physicians, veterinarians, researchers and other local / global health professionals, and by increasing public awareness of the interconnectedness of people, animals and the environment.


Sharing Education in One Health


Regional academic leadership in One Health is strong. Both Duke and UNC-CH have medical schools and large public health institutes with multiple graduate programs in many aspects of human health, translational medicine, and environmental health. Programs marrying veterinary and human health education across the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) and UNC-Chapel Hill have been ongoing since the early 1990s. The NCSU-CVM also houses a graduate concentration in Population Medicine, offers a Master’s Degree in Veterinary Public Health and its students all receive disaster response training prior to graduation.

Students have also significantly helped shape One Health in the state. In 2008 four public health-minded veterinary students developed an informal interdisciplinary forum that brought together like-minded medical, veterinary and graduate students and professionals from Duke University, NCSU, and UNC-CH. With faculty support they formed the One Health Intellectual Exchange Group (IEG). They met monthly to interact with established academic, governmental and private sector professionals and researchers from diverse disciplines to discuss the coalescence of their many health-related efforts.

In summer 2010, the North Carolina One Health Collaborative adopted the existing, fledgling, One Health IEG as its official discussion forum, and opted to create a parallel course cross-listed between the three represented founding universities. First offered in January 2011, this course will continue to function as the original IEG, i.e. open to professionals from the community, but participating students who wish to may gain course credits by completing group tasks on current cross-discipline issues. This parallel course credit option will enhance local networking opportunities for established Triangle organization professionals and for future professionals.




One Health, as a concept and a way of doing business, has a long and productive history both nationally and in North Carolina. The formation of the new North Carolina One Health Collaborative brings stronger cross-discipline leadership and interactions to the already richly diverse arenas of One Health research, education, and practice in our state. It is hoped that the philosophy of sharing information between entities that don’t often get to interact directly will become even more integral in the human, veterinary and environ-mental health communities.

You can learn more about the North Carolina One Health Collaborative at and There you will be able to learn about the One Health Collaborative steering committee members, One Health IEG sessions and other events. You can also get on the One Health IEG listserve by contacting Liz Selisker For more One Health background at the National Level please visit:


The One Health Commission website 

The One Health Initiative website

The Florida One Health Newsletter 


Additional Readings:


Can J Vet Res 1986; 50: 145-153. Bull Semen and Muscle ATP: Some Evidence of the Dawn of Medical Science in Ancient Egypt, C.W. Schwabe (often seen as the Father of the concept of One Health).


 JAVMA, Vol 233, No. 2, July 15, 2008, p 259. Executive summary of the AVMA One Health Initiative Task Force Report, Lonnie J. King, DVM,MS, MPA, DACVPM; Larry R. Anderson, DVM, MD; Carina G. Blackmore, DVM, PhD;Michael J. Blackwell, DVM,MPH;  Elizabeth  A. Lautner, DVM, MS; Leonard C. Marcus, VMD, MD; Travis E. Meyer, BS; Thomas P. Monath, MD; James E. Nave, DVM; Joerg Ohle;Marguerite Pappaioanou, DVM, MPVM, PhD, DACVPM; Justin Sobota, MS,DVM; William S. Stokes, DVM, DACLAM; Ronald M. Davis, MD; Jay H. Glasser, PhD; Roger K. Mahr, DVM.


Laboratory Investigation (2008) 88, 18–26, One medicine—one pathology’: are veterinary and human pathology prepared? Robert D Cardiff, Jerrold M Ward, Stephen W Barthold


Front Ecol Environ 2010; doi:10.1890/090159, Integrating a One Health approach in education to address global health and sustainability challenges Meredith A Barrett1, Timothy A Bouley, Aaron H Stoertz, and Rosemary W Stoertz



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