Newswise — How does science inform and effect One Health policies locally and throughout the world? This is one of four topic areas to be explored by a variety of speakers at the second international conference, iCOMOS (International Conference on One Medicine One Science) that will take place April 24-27 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

iCOMOS provides a global forum to discuss the emerging One Health initiative, which recognizes that human, animal and ecosystem health are all linked. In fact, it’s estimated that 75 percent of infectious diseases originate with animals. One Health promotes, improves, and defends the health and well-being of all species through increased collaborations between physicians, veterinarians and other scientific health and environmental professionals.

As part of this session on health policy, presenters will discuss healthy water systems and environmental impacts; weather and climate; foodborne disease considerations and global food safety; and farm animal health throughout the world.

Speakers in this session include:

Ann Bancroft will thoughtfully explore water use through the lens of rural and urban communities.Deborah Swackhammer will show how science informs sound policy development to manage water resources.Liz Neeley will demonstrate tips and tools to effectively communicate science to the public.David Fraser will provide animal welfare examples showing translation of science into policy.Jorgen Schlundt will offer an internation perspective on thinking science and policy in food safetyJuhwan Oh will present a global health vision based on evidence-based policy.Samuel Godefroy will present successes and challenges in science-based policies for global food safety.

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