One Health Newsletter

One Health Newsletter: Volume 13 Issue 1

March 2021

The theme of this issue is One Health Research. All of the articles below display exciting applications of the One Health concept. This issue of the One Health Newsletter was written by professionals, post doctoral associates, and graduate/veterinary students with the assistance of our faculty editorial board and guest contributors.

Micro-Editorial: One Health Day and One Health Research

A thematic overview and introduction to this OHNL.

Review: "World Health Atlas: Healthcare Facing its Challenges: Healthcare Access, Healthcare System Crisis, and Anticipating Pandemics"
By Gérard Salem and Florence Fournet (in French)

By Jean-Paul Gonzalez

In this publication, the editor offers a remarkable World Atlas of Health that provides a current panorama of geographical inequalities in health without being exhaustive.

World Health Atlas

Zoonoses in Ethiopia

By Rebecca Laes-Kushner

Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim uses a One Health approach, collaborating with medical, veterinary, and environmental experts to track and combat zoonoses in Ethiopia.

Zebu cattle in Ethiopia

A Pandemic Urges a Place for Animal Welfarism in the Public Health Sphere

By Sejal Shah and Praveen Varanasi

Whether from increased exposure to livestock or nature, rural communities are more susceptible to zoonotic transmission than urban communities.

Rural Communities

A Review of the Kansas City One Health Day 2020

By Cheyenne Brunkow, Sara J. Ochoa, Del’Sha Roberts, and Yu Shin Wang

Keynote speakers share their experiences in the applications of biosensors in environmental sustainability and animal health promotion, and human health.

A visualization of the methods multi-site photoplethysmography (PPG) to measure the pulse transit time (PTT).

Sickle Cell Disease: A One Health Solution to a Neglected Genetic Disease

By Léon Tshilolo and Jean-Paul Gonzalez

Sickle Cell Disease is a complex disease that requires an extensive multidisciplinary approach – like the One Health approach – to be understood, controlled, and prevented.

Sickle Cell Disease - Neonatal Screening

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Faculty Editorial Board

Dr. Paige Adams
Paige Adams
College of Veterinary Medicine
Kansas State University

Dr. Jean Paul Gonzalez
Jean Paul Gonzalez
School of Medicine
Georgetown University

Dr. Ellen Mulcahy
Ellyn Mulcahy

Master of Public Health
Kansas State University

Helena Chapman
Helena Chapman

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow
NASA Applied Sciences Program


Review: "World Health Atlas:Healthcare facing its challenges: Healthcare access, healthcare system crisis, and anticipating pandemics"By Gérard Salem and Florence Fournet (in French)

Jean Paul Gonzalez Adj. Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Division of Biomedical Graduate Research Organization. School of Medicine, Georgetown University.

Zoonoses in Ethiopia

Rebecca Laes-Kushner Rebecca Laes-Kushner - Rebecca Laes-Kushner was a policy analyst in the US and now Switzerland. She currently consults to Swiss NGOs on topics such as health care, sustainable nutrition and environmental protection ( She has given conference presentations on funding for public health initiatives worldwide and helping police better interact with members of the public who are having mental health crises. She was a health care policy analyst to state governments in the US for five years, worked as a budget analyst for the Massachusetts welfare department and has a Master's in Public Administration.

A Pandemic Urges a Place for Animal Welfarism in the Public Health Sphere

Sejal Shah Sejal Shah is a student at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Prior to dental school, Sejal graduated from the University of Florida with a double major in Biology and English. During her time in college, she spearheaded many activism events focused on the intersection between animal rights, environmental justice, and global health. Consequently, she was also involved in many research projects involving diseases in the oral cavity and their associated inflammatory markers as well as local initiatives around Gainesville, Florida, that fostered engagement between oral hygiene habits and developing children. She is currently the secretary of TUSDM One Health and interested in research involving sustainable dental materials.

Praveen Varanasi Praveen Varanasi is a student at Columbia Law School. Prior to law school, Praveen graduated from the University of Florida with a triple major in Economics, Political Science, and Sustainability Studies, aiming to study the intersection between economics and policy in fostering sustainable development. In college, Praveen interned in the United States House of Representatives, The Humane League, and the Conservation Initiative for the Asian Elephant. Upon graduating, Praveen worked at the City of Tampa, managing the budgets of various City Departments and providing economic consulting to the Mayor. At Columbia Law School, Praveen has interned with the New York City Law Department's Environmental Law Division and served as the President of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and Co-President of the Environmental Law Society.

A Review of the Kansas City One Health Day 2020

Cheyenne Brunkow Cheyenne Brunkow is a graduate student in the Master of Public Health program at Kansas State University with a focus in infectious diseases and zoonoses. She earned her bachelor's degree at Kansas State University in May 2020 with a Biology major and Anthropology minor. She would like to pursue a career in epidemiology.

Sara J. Ochoa Sara Jessica Ochoa is a graduate student in the Master of Public Health program at Kansas State University. Emphasizing in infectious disease and zoonoses, she hopes to pursue a career in this industry and make a difference in agriculture. Sara Jessica graduated with a B.S. in Animal Science and Industry from Kansas State University in the Spring of 2020.

Del’Sha Roberts Del'Sha Roberts is in the Master of Public Health program at Kansas State University. Her general focus is infectious disease and zoonoses, with the hope of pursing a career as a physician. She obtained her B.S. from Kansas State University in Biology. She has a special interest in the elimination of health care disparities and achieving health equity.

Yu Shin Wang Yu-Shin (Demi) Wang is a second year DVM/MS student in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology at Kansas State University. She was a researcher in physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modeling, studying in silico approach of drug simulation in production animals at the Institute of Computational Comparative Medicine (ICCM) in the Department of Anatomy and Physiology. Currently, for MS research, she focuses on tick-borne disease transmission using in vitro and ex vivo models to investigate genomic similarities between different tick-borne bacterial pathogens. As a future veterinarian, she has a passion for comparative and translational medicine and hope to become a laboratory animal veterinarian, devoting herself in research and development of drugs, refinement of medical procedures and biomedical devices with the knowledge and skills acquired from veterinary medical trainings and research experiences.

Sickle Cell Disease: A One Health Solution to a Neglected Genetic Disease

Léon Tshilolo Dr. Léon Tshilolo, a Congolese citizen (Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC), is a world-renowned expert in sickle cell disease (SCD). He a Director of the Training and Health Support Center, where he developed the first neonatal screening program for SCD in DRC and created a SCD Clinical Research Center. Dr. Tshilolo is a Professor of Pediatrics and Hematology at the Official University of Mbujimayi and a Visiting Professor at the University of Kinshasa (DRC). Doctor Léon Tshilolo is a member of the French Academy of Medicine and the Congo Academy. Dr. Tshilolo received his Doctorate in Medicine (Major Pediatrics) from the University of Padua (Italy) and earned his Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Medical Mycology from the Prince Leopold Institute, Antwerp (Belgium). He has published critical peer-reviewed papers, particularly in the research area of SCD in Africa (MyNBCI).

Jean Paul Gonzalez Adj. Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Division of Biomedical Graduate Research Organization. School of Medicine, Georgetown University.

Web layout for the One Health Newsletter edited by Joe Montgomery, Director of Communications, College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University.

One Health Newsletter

The One Health Newsletter is a collaborative effort by a diverse group of scientists and health professionals committed to promoting One Health. This newsletter was created to lend support to the One Health Initiative and is dedicated to enhancing the integration of animal, human, and environmental health for the benefit of all by demonstrating One Health in practice.

To submit comments or future article suggestions, please contact any of the editorial board members.