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Tuesday, 23 February, 2016

New Teaching Initiative Unites the Health Professions, Announces One Health Scholars


Washington, D.C., February 23, 2016  –  Representing the vanguard in a collaborative new One Health approach to education, the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges is making One Health case studies available on its website at /One-Health/Case-Studies.aspx for use by instructors in a variety of health professions.

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges has become one of nine new associations to join the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC), a Washington D.C. based organization of 15 national associations representing educational institutions in the health professions.

Established in 2009, IPEC works to advance interprofessional learning experiences and promote team-based care in the health professions.

Because of growing recognition about the benefits of adopting a One Health approach to human, animal and planetary wellbeing, the AAVMC has taken a number of steps over the past five years to increase collaboration with other educators in the health professions.

In 2015, the AAVMC partnered with the Association for Prevention, Teaching and Research (APTR) and the Health People Curriculum Task Force (HPCTF) to create the One Health Interprofessional Education Initiative. The program is designed to provide pedagogical support for introducing One Health concepts into the degree programs of students in the health professions.

One Health is broadly viewed as the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines – working locally, nationally, and globally – to attain optimal health for people, animals and our environment. The One Health initiative focuses attention on the importance of the connections between human health, animal health, and ecosystem health.

“The AAVMC is pleased to become a part of this organization and we look forward to active collaboration,” said AAVMC Executive Director Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe. “The nine new associations of healthcare educators that have been added to IPEC will bring new perspectives and ideas and more broadly reinforce the importance of working together on integrated approaches to healthcare.”

The AAVMC is also a member of the Federated Association of Schools of the Health Professions (FASHP), a Washington D.C. coalition of educational associations in the health professions that work together to advocate for health policy and funding.

“To actually deliver on the promise of interprofessional education and practice to improve health of individuals and populations as well as reduce health disparities, we have to ensure that this framework is central in the education of all health professionals,” said Harrison C. Spencer, MD, MPH, DTM&H, CPH, IPEC Board Chair and President and CEO, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. “Changing and making all health professional education more consistent can help set the stage for the health system of the future we want to create together.”

IPEC’s mission is to ensure that new and current health professionals are proficient in the competencies essential for patient-centered, community and population oriented, interprofessional, collaborative practice. Eligible institutional members must be associations that represent and serve academic units at institutions of higher education that provide an educational program leading to the award of one or more academic degrees to students in one or more of the health professions that provide direct care to patients.

“Today marks a significant and growing commitment across the health professions in the United States to make collaborative, patient-centered care a reality,” added Richard W. Valachovic, DMD, MPH, President of IPEC and President and CEO of the American Dental Education Association. “Including such a diverse and comprehensive group of new associations in IPEC’s work brings us that much closer to success.”
The case studies represent the work of researchers in veterinary medicine, human medicine, public health and other health professions on topics that range from lead poisoning to emerging diseases such as Chikungunyavirus.

One Health is broadly viewed as the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines – working locally, nationally, and globally – to attain optimal health for people, animals and our environment. The One Health initiative focuses attention on the importance of the connections between human health, animal health, and ecosystem health.

In 2015, to help advance the benefits of One Health and promote this collaborative approach, the AAVMC partnered with the Association for Prevention, Teaching and Research (APTR) and the Health People Curriculum Task Force (HPCTF) to create the One Health Inter-professional Education Initiative. The program is designed to provide pedagogical support for introducing One Health concepts into the degree programs of students in the health professions.

"This is one of our most promising initiatives in the area of One Health," said AAVMC Executive Director Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe. "What's unique about this program is it unites different health professions on a common platform to begin educating new generations of health professionals about the One Health approach."

The Working Group sought and evaluated 34 different proposals for new, previously unpublished case studies. The proposals for case studies were reviewed by the AAVMC/APTR Working Group and 15 proposals were selected for further development.

The lead author of each published case study has been designated a "One Health Scholar" by the AAVMC and the One Health Scholars  will make presentations on their case studies at the AAVMC’s 2016 Annual Conference, Fifty and Forward,  March 2-6 in Washington D.C.

“We are delighted to see the One Health Case Studies being released,” said APTR Executive Director Allison L. Lewis. “This collaboration between the APTR Healthy People Curriculum Task Force (HPCTF) and the AAVMC is just the start of an initiative to integrate One Health concepts into the degree programs of health professions students. Our continued work bringing One Health into the APTR Clinical Prevention and Population Health Curriculum Framework will assure that health professions educators teach the important connections between human, animal, and environmental health.”
Emerging infectious disease threats, as well as growing awareness about the dangers of antimicrobial resistance and the positive benefits of human-animal interactions are bringing One Health concepts to the attention of many educators in the health professions.”

"We're very excited about launching this program, and I'm very grateful to the members of the working group for all they've done to make this program a success," said Maccabe.

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) is a nonprofit membership organization working to protect and improve the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment around the world by advancing academic veterinary medicine. Members include 49 accredited veterinary medical colleges in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.


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