UW National One Health Day Colloquium

University of Wisconsin students, faculty and staff, and community members are invited to submit abstracts to present flash talks at the inaugural UW National One Health Day Colloquium. Presenters from all disciplines are welcome to showcase the broad reach of the One Health concept that understands the health of humans, animals and eco-systems are interlinked, and health for all can only be found through the efforts of multiple disciplines.

Colloquium presenters will deliver 5-minute, 1-slide flash talks about one health projects or experiences. A reception will follow.

One Health is the collaborative effort of multiple participants, together with their related disciplines and institutions – working locally, nationally, and globally – to attain optimal health for people, domestic animals, wildlife, plants, and our environment.

One Health Day is an international campaign co-coordinated by the  One Health Commission to bring attention around the world to the need for One Health interactions and for the world to ‘see them in action’. The One Health Day campaign is designed to engage as many individuals as possible from as many arenas as possible in One Health education and awareness events, and to generate an inspiring array of projects worldwide.

The colloquium is co-sponsored by the UW Global Health Institute and School of Veterinary Medicine.


I. One Health Around the World

1. Jonathan Sleeman, USGS National Wildlife Health Center: “One Health Approach to Optimizing Outcomes for Human, Wildlife and Environmental Health” (Global)

2. Janis Tupesis, MD, UW Global Health Institute: “Technology, Education and Health: Changing the Paradigm of How We Learn” (South Africa)

3. Emily Cornelius Ruhs, PhD student, UW Dept of Forest & Wildlife Ecology: “Can providing supplemental food to wild birds impact their ability to spread disease?” (Quebec)

4. Katie Richgels, USGS National Wildlife Health Center: “Using One Health to address an EID: the story behind the ban on salamander imports”

II. Our Pets and Our People Sec. 1

1. Nancy Comello, Edgewood College of Nursing: “Educating indigenous midwives using ‘Helping Mothers Survive’ and ‘Helping Babies Breathe’ training programs”

2. Jacob Lauer, student, UW School of Veterinary Medicine: “A Labor of Love: Christian Veterinary Fellowship In Ecuador” (Ecuador)

3. Amie Eisfeld, UW School of Veterinary Medicine: “Host Responses to Ebola Virus Infections in Sierra Leone” (Sierra Leone)

6:30-6:45 PM: break

6:45-6:50 PM: Dylan introduces second group

6:50-7:40 PM: Talks part II

III. Food, Agriculture, and Holistic Nutrition

1. Willem Schott, student, UW School of Medicine & Public Health: “Promoting ‘Real Food’” (Utah)

2. Samantha Gallo, student, UW Physical Therapy Program: “Care Farming: A New Name for Old Wisdom” (US/Europe)

3. Colleen Andrews, student, UW School of Medicine & Public Health: “The Use of Traditional and Complementary Medicine for Diabetes in Rural Guatemala”(Guatemala)

IV. Our Pets and Our People Sec. 2

1. Emily Schumacher, BSN, RN, student, UW School of Nursing: “Developing an Interprofessional Service Learning Experience in Belize” (Belize)

2. Meghan Schuh, DVM (Sandra Newbury, DVM), UW School of Veterinary Medicine: “UW Shelter Medicine Pets for Life in Milwaukee”

3. Bieneke Bron, student, UW School of Veterinary Medicine: “What to wear in the Western US?” (Western US)

4. Miranda Torkelson, student, UW School of Veterinary Medicine: “Urban Wild Canids as Sentinels for Domestic Canine and Human Health in Madison, WI”

5. Miranda Braithwaite, student, UW School of Veterinary Medicine: “Can we improve the health of people and their communities by increasing access to Veterinary Medical Care?” (Madison, WI)

7:40 PM: Closing and invitation to enjoy refreshments and network with colleagues