2016 CAHA CONFERENCE FOCUSES ON ONE HEALTH NEEDS IN APPALACHIA
Harrogate, Tennessee December 7, 2016–The Center for Animal Health in Appalachia (CAHA) held its second national conference at the Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) DeBusk Veterinary Teaching Center in Lee County, Virginia, October 20-21.
The conference drew over 50 attendees including congressional and senatorial representatives and many leaders from animal agriculture, state and allied health organizations. The goal of the CAHA conference was to gather innovative ideas to help the veterinary profession, human health care, government and higher education better meet the acute needs of the people and animals of Appalachia. Topics discussed included strategies to improve rural veterinary and diagnostic services, the implementation of a One Health approach to improve the delivery of health services and tactics to drive agriculture-focused economic development throughout the region. During the conference, a theme team gathered data through live feedback and responses which will be used to compile a final report.
“During the conference we talked about how we can drive the economies of Appalachia, how we can better deliver animal and human health to the Appalachia footprint and how we can help our government officials create the policies that will benefit One Health,” said Dr. Jason Johnson, executive director of CAHA and dean of the LMU-CVM. “The information we gathered from this event will create the trajectory for which we take the Center for Health in Appalachia, and we hope it will give us a really good blueprint for addressing the One Health needs in Appalachia.”
On Thursday night, Dr. Laura Kahn, a physician and research scholar with the Program on Science and Global Security at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University delivered the keynote speech focusing on the topic of One Health and its impact on Appalachia. On Friday, the conference kicked off with presentations on animal health in Appalachia and discussion of the role that LMU-CVM and CAHA can play in impacting animal health in the region. Leading several of the discussions were Dr. Johnson, Dr. Craig Carter, director of the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (UKVDL) and Dr. Jacqueline Smith, epidemiology section head at the UKVDL.
Session two of the conference focused on One Health in Appalachia and was led by Dr. Lonnie King, CAHA advisory board chair, interim vice president, dean and director of the innovation & collaboration program for The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Dr. Megin Nichols, the enteric zoonoses activity lead at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), discussed the CDC’s role in One Health on a national level and how to apply that within Appalachia. Session two ended with a panel discussion from the deans of various health profession schools within LMU.
Other presenters on the topic of One Health as it applies to Appalachia included, Dr. Philip Prater, professor and coordinator of the Veterinary Technology Program at Morehead State University, Dr. James Hurley, dean of the LMU School of Business. LMU faculty and administration also shared what programs are already in place through LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine and its Physician Assistant Program, LMU-Caylor School of Nursing and other interprofessional projects in place.
CAHA’s goal is to inform and create innovative ideas to help the veterinary profession, human healthcare, government and higher education better meet the acute needs of the people and animals of Appalachia. Organizations participating in the event include leadership from U.S. Department of Agriculture, state governments, state veterinary medical associations, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Veterinary Medical Association, state veterinarians, food safety, college leadership, allied organizations, industry, farm bureau and professional students.
Link to press release: https://www.lmunet.edu/news/view?id=283
Conference overview: https://www.lmunet.edu/uploads/News/CAHA%20Conference%20Recap-Final.pdf
Pictures from the event: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lincolnmemorialuniversity/albums/72157675730002065
Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine is located on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee, with additional academic facilities in nearby Lee County, Virginia. LMU-CVM is an integral part of the University’s medical programs and provides real-world, community-based education in a collaborative learning environment. For more information about LMU-CVM, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 7150 or visit us online at http://vetmed.LMUnet.edu.