Spring is always a time to look forward----here in the northwest to longer and warmer days. It’s also an appropriate time to share with you the growth of our programs in the Allen School. In this first quarterly update of the year we highlight the initiation of our syndromic surveillance program in Kenya and a new course in Disease at the Animal-Human Interface. The syndromic surveillance is the first part of an unprecedented investigation that combines identification of animal disease with impacts on family economic well-being and health. The work is the fruit of collaboration between the Allen School, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and the Kenya Medical Research Institute. This is a truly multi-disciplinary approach that engages economists, epidemiologists, physicians, and veterinarians working together. Equally exciting is launching of our certificate program in Global Animal Health. This program, the first of its kind, allows veterinary medical students to engage in the key questions in health at the animal-human interface. The new course, led by two of our talented DVM, MPH fellows, Drs. Allison Eavey James and Petronella Hove, goes well beyond the usual study of zoonotic disease to investigate the epidemiologic, economic, and social determinants of both the problem and implementation of sustainable solutions. With the future of global health in the hands of these young professionals and ambitious students, the analogy of early spring, with the best yet to come, is quite appropriate.
On behalf of all of us at the Allen School, I want to express our deep appreciation for your interest and support in our mission—together we can make our vision of promoting equity in health and opportunity for all people a reality.
The Creighton Endowed Chair and Director of the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health
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