COVID-19 through a One Health Lens: the Wonders of Wildlife and Wilderness

We find ourselves in unprecedented times, where situations locally and globally are rapidly evolving on a daily basis related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Using a One Health lens to examine the SARS2-CoV outbreak’s evolution, we will discuss how high risk human-animal-environment interfaces create opportunities for pathogen spillover events, how globalization is facilitating the potential for pandemics, and how global engagement among universities and stakeholders around the world can rapidly push and pull information to help with early identification, mitigation and prevention future outbreaks. In fall 2019, the USAID One Health Workforce – Next Generation (OHW-NG) Project launched successfully with the South East Asia One Health University Network (SEAOHUN) and the Africa One Health University Network (AFROHUN, formerly OHCEA), working closely with global team partners from the University of California, Columbia University ICAP Program, University of New Mexico ECHO Institute, and Ata Health Strategies. Our multidisciplinary consortium had high hopes for all that could be accomplished in this new partnership. Little did we know that just a few months later, the world would change so dramatically in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, and that the need for the One Health University Networks would be more important than ever as a source of knowledge sharing, innovation, and global collegiality.

This webinar is organized by APRU Global Health Program and USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health

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Date and Time

Friday, July 10, 2020

11 am (Sydney)/10 am (Tokyo/Seoul)/9 am (Hong Kong/Beijing)/8 am (Bangkok)

Thursday, July 9, 2020

6 pm Pacific Time (US & Canada)

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Professor Woutrina Smith
Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Associate Director, One Health Institute University of California, Davis

Dr. Woutrina Smith is a Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the University of California, Davis and leads the USAID One Health Workforce – Next Generation Project that works closely with the Southeast Asia One Health University Network (SEAOHUN) and the Africa One Health University Network (AFROHUN, formerly OHCEA) to support training and innovation using a One Health approach to address pressing global health challenges. Within the University of California system, Dr. Smith leads the multi-campus UC Global Health Institute’s Planetary Health Center of Expertise and has been part of the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine’s One Health Institute since its inception. Originally from Alaska, Dr. Smith studied at Pomona College in Los Angeles, at School for Field Studies in Australia, and at UC Davis. Dr. Smith has received funding from diverse sources including the National Institutes of Health, the US Agency for International Development, the US Department of Defense, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support her research and training endeavors.

Reading list for Professor Smith’s talk:

Predicting zoonoses (pdf)

Global shifts in mammalian population trends reveal key predictors of virus spillover risk (pdf)

On the hunt for the next deadly virus (web)

Southeast Asia One Health University Network (web)

Dr Mellissa Withers
Associate Professor, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California and Director, APRU Global Health Program

Mellissa Withers, Ph.D., MHS is an Associate Professor at thin the Department of Preventive Medicine. She is based at the USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health. She also is also Director of the Global Health Program of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, a non-profit network of more than 50 leading universities in the region. She received a Ph.D. from the Department of Community Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health with a minor in cultural anthropology. She also earned a Master’s in International Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a BA in international development from UC Berkeley. Her research interests lie in community participatory research, gender-based violence, and global sexual and reproductive health. Dr. Withers is the editor of two books: Global Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health Across the Lifecourse, and Global Health Leadership: Case Studies from the Asia-Pacific. She also writes a blog on human trafficking titled Modern-Day Slavery for Psychology Today.