August 26, 2011

In the Spotlight: Yale Human Animal Medicine Project Blog

The Yale Human Animal Medicine Project is Blogging!

The Yale Human Animal Medicine Project is a center for “One Health” studies at the Yale School of Medicine. This project is working to pioneer clinical linkages between human, animal, and environmental health using a comparative “One Health” approach.

The focus areas of the Yale Human Animal Medicine Project include:

  • Developing ways to better understand and use animal and human disease “sentinel” events in order to detect and control shared health threats from biological, chemical, and physical hazards in the environment.

  • Development of exposure and risk-based approaches to prevent transmission of infections between animals and humans (zoonotic diseases) in agricultural and other animal work environments as well as community settings.

  • Developing models for clinical collaboration and communication between physicians, veterinarians, and other animal, human, and environmental health professionals at the primary care level.

  • Developing informatics tools for linking human and animal disease surveillance for better mapping and prediction of emerging disease threats.

The Yale Human Animal Medicine Project has launched a blog at , to inform individuals about new developments at the convergence of human, animal, and environmental health,

Its latest post, Moving from "Us vs. Them" to "Shared Risk": Human and Animal Health are Inextricably Connected, discusses the rising risk of zoonotic disease (infections that spread between people and animals) and how treating wildlife as disease reservoirs that can threaten human health is not helpful. It ignores valuable information about environmental change and the significant role it can play in emerging diseases. Read more about the "shared risk"approach between humans and animals here.

As evident in this current post, the goal of the Project's blog is to offer its readers informative and interesting posts about the Project’s current activities, new journal articles, and news about One Health topics. For more information visit the Yale Human Animal Medicine Project website at . You can also follow their activities through their Facebook and Twitter accounts.