One Health in Practice
We are veterinary students of UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, working with the UCD medical students to bring healthcare to the Knights Landing community. Our expert One Health Advisory Board, which includes Dr. Patricia Conrad, Dr. Jonna Mazet, Dr. Dave Bunn and Dr. Michael Wilkes of UC Davis, will guide us in taking a better approach to health and health services.
Knights Landing, CA is an economically underserved, agricultural community, particularly the migrant worker population from March through August. This community has many domesticated animals, including dogs, cats, and chickens. Our goal is to improve animal health in the community, because this impacts human health and well-being. Not only is the possibility of zoonotic disease transmission reduced, but healthy animals are less of an economic and emotional burden, and could even improve the livelihood of their owners, as in the case of chickens. UCD medical students in Knights Landing established a monthly medical clinic last year. The veterinary school is starting an animal health center as a One Health counterpart. Our center will focus on wellness education and preventative medicine. In addition to physical exams, screening, and vaccines, both sides will provide classes to the community on topics such as nutrition, behavior/mental health, environmental health, and zoonotic diseases. At the end of the day, the medical and veterinary teams will come together to conduct joint rounds, fostering open communication to develop this One Health model. Through these efforts, we hope to provide this economically underserved community a solution towards a healthier lifestyle, achieved within their means, as well as a training ground for health students and professionals, alike, to broaden their skills as doctors.
Collaboration lies at the heart of this endeavor, and we hope to bring together students and professionals not only of veterinary and human medicine, but also of other disciplines, such as agricultural and environmental health, social work, urban planning, and public health. Together, we can help the Knights Landing community, as well as help each other become better doctors and service providers.