The Veterinary Public Health Special Primary Interest Group focuses on the interface of humans and animals; not only the relevant diseases, but also the quality of life, health benefits and environmental health issues. We positively influence the human-animal connection and advance the One Health concept.
We currently focus on offering stimulating educational programs in the areas of: food safety; the health benefits of animals; and climate change — both the effect animal agriculture may be having on the climate, as well as the effect a changing climate may have on animal agriculture.
Chair: Catherine Machalaba
Immediate Past Chair: Tom Doker
Secretary: Ben Ashraf
Councilor (Member-at-Large): Tom Gecewicz
Program Planner: Tom Doker and Alexandra (Chelsea) Schafer
Policy Committee: Bill Courtney
Outreach Committee: Melanie Kirshenbaum
Communications Committee/Newsletter: Alexandra (Chelsea) Schafer
Web Editor: Venita S. Ramirez
If you have a specific interest or passion we encourage you to become involved as a member of our Outreach Committee or Communications Committee. Please contact Melanie Kirshenbaum and Alexandra (Chelsea) Schafer to learn more about getting involved.
Are you short on time? We understand. You can also consider other ways to be more involved in our SPIG:
1. Respond to an advocacy alert.
2. Post field-related information or opportunities on your online community/listserv.
3. Write an article for our Section's News & Events page.
4. Encourage a colleague to join APHA.
5. Review abstracts.
Featured Public Health Resources
ProMED-Mail — Program for Monitoring Emerging Disease provides updates on infectious disease and toxin exposures affecting human, animal and plant health globally
HealthMap — Real time map of infectious disease outbreaks based on multiple surveillance and monitoring sources
The Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy — Produces independent, interdisciplinary research to influence global health policy related to malaria, antibiotic resistance, disease control and environmental health