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History of the OHC

Updated September 2015 

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Around the World, the One Health Initiative is a call to action for the establishment of closer professional interactions, collaborations, and educational and research opportunities across the health science professions and related disciplines to improve health of people, animals, plants, and the environment.  Our changing environment now often increases human and animal contact creating significant challenges for all three domains. These challenges require integrated solutions and call for collaborative leadership. The One Health Commission was formed to facilitate these trans-disciplinary interactions.

 

FORMATION OF THE ONE HEALTH COMMISSION

  • April, 2007    The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) took official action to establish a One Health Initiative by forming a One Health Initiative Task Force (OHITF).  

 

  • June, 2007   The American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates approved  Resolution 530 (A07) calling for the AMA to “ engage in a dialogue with the American Veterinary Medical Association to discuss strategies for enhancing collaboration between human and veterinary medical professions in medical education, clinical care, public health, and biomedical research” and the AMA appointed a representative member and a liaison to the OHITF.   

 

  • June, 2007   Starting with three liaisons, one each from the AMA, the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the AVMA, the OHITF was subsequently comprised of thirteen visionary individuals from various health science professions, academia, (including two student representatives), government, and industry. This task force worked together via teleconferences for the next 12 months discussing the need for the One Health paradigm shift.

 

  • June, 2008   The OHITF completed its charge by presenting a final report and twelve recommendations to the AVMA Executive Board. The recommendations formed the basic outline for an ongoing One Health Initiative. The final report was published (JAVMA, July 15, 2018) as an Executive Summary of the OHITF findings. (The full report can be found at AVMA website).

 

  • December, 2008  An independent multidisciplinary One Health Joint Steering Committee (OHJSC) was formed (one of the twelve recommendations) and held its first organizational meeting. Eighteen member organizations comprised the 2008-2009 OHJSC.  The OHJSC facilitated a transitioning process for fulfillment of another of the twelve recommendations, creation of the One Health Commission (OHC). The Rockefeller Foundation provided a significant support grant for operations of the OHJSC for the purpose of establishing the One Health Commission.   The Rockefeller Foundation considered the formation of the OHC as the first step in establishing a global One Health Initiative to support multidisciplinary collaboration for improved human, animal and environmental health.    

 

  • June 29, 2009 The OHC was officially chartered in Washington, D.C. as a 501(c)3, non-profit organization with eight founding institutional members. 

 

  • August 14, 2009 The first organizational meeting of the One Health Commission Board of Directors was held via teleconference. The OHC was determined by the IRS to be tax exempt pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code, and was designated as a public charity.

 

  • November, 2009 A One Health Summit was held (another of the twelve recommendations) in partnership with the National Academies of Science in Washington, D.C.  Nine speakers included senior officials from the USDA, CDC, FDA, NIEHS, USAID, academia, state government, and Kansas Bioscience Organization.  An Executive Summary of the One Health Summit was published online. At the Summit, the National Academies announced its intent to conduct an Institute of Medicine/National Research Council consensus study on One Health. 

 

  • March, 2010  AMA representative to the OHC Board, Al Osbahr, M.D., becomes Chair of the Board.  OHC Council of Advisors under development.

 

  • October, 2010 The One Health Commission issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to secure an institutional leading partner(s) to provide support to fully operationalize. The RFP was sent to all accredited Colleges and Schools of Medicine, Public Health and Public Health Programs, and Veterinary Medicine in the U.S.

 

  • December, 2010 Iowa State University (ISU) was selected to become a leading partner with the OHC. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the OHC and ISU was finalized on January 31, 2011 by which the OHC office headquarters were established within the Nutrition and Wellness Research Center at the ISU Research Park as ‘in-kind’ support. 

 

 

  • Summer, 2012 The Commission implemented a survey of One Health Stakeholders to prioritize One  Health efforts (Contact Dr. Stroud, Executive Director if you would like to review the survey results)

 

  • Fall, 2012 First OHC financial sponsorship drive began. (See Sponsorship Opportunities) As a result, by February 2013, Institutional financial ‘Leaders’ increased and the Commission’s Board of Directors expanded (from 6) to fourteen dynamic leaders ready to carry the Commission forward. 

 

  • April, 2013  Founding CEO, Roger Mahr, DVM, announced intention to retire from the Commission

 

  • Summer, 2013   The Commission partnered with the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) and Bat Conservation International (BCI) to develop two bat rabies educational posters, (one child, one adult, in English, Spanish and Portuguese, free to download), that began circulating around the world.

 

  • October, 2013 The OHC Board selected Dr. Cheryl Stroud as (part-time) Executive Director.

 

  • Fall, 2013 The OHC Communications Committee was created.

 

  • November, 2013 The Commission began its administrative move from Iowa State University to the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina.

 

  • January, 2014 The OHC Board selected Deeanna Burleson, RN, MSN as (part-time) Associate Executive Director to oversee the website and membership.

 

 

  • March, 2014  AVMA representative to the Commission,  Joann Lindenmayer, DVM, MPH, becomes Chair of the Board.

 

 

  • April, 2014  Annual Financial Sponsorship Drive begins

 

 

 

  • October, 2014 OHC Board approves re-definition of its structure to allow flexibility to invite representatives needed  to reflect the face of One Health.  Awaiting By-Laws update for implementation.

 

 

 

  • January, 2015 Website support team is created, trained and led by Deeanna Burleson to help with postings on the OHC website to keep it dynamic.

 

  • January, 2015 One Health Commission (OHC) and One Health Initiative (OHI) Pro-Bono website team write joint letter to AVMA about their increasing functional partnership.

 

 

 

  • April, 2015  Annual Financial Sponsorship Drive begins

 

 

  • May, 2015 Executive Director attends World Veterinary Association / World Medical Association Joint One Health Conference in Madrid.

 

  • May, 2015  Peter Costa, MPH, MCHES becomes Associate Executive Director when Ms. Burleson steps down to complete her PhD.

 

 

 

  • August, 2015 Six Student representatives were selected to serve on the OHC Board and will lead One Health Action Project Teams

 

  • September, 2015  One Health Commission invited to attend European Inter-Regional One Health Conference in Bucharest in September 2016

 

  • October 26-27, 2015  Second Annual OHC Board ‘In-Person’ Meeting will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, hosted and funded (a second time) by OHC ‘Leader’ sponsor, the Georgia Aquarium.

 

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