On Thursday, 14th May 2020, we had our third Webinar for the One Health Advocacy and Mentorship (OHAM) Program. This time, we were honored to have our special Guest Speaker, Dr. Laura Kahn, a well-established Physician, Research Scholar, and Author of several One Health/Global Health books and publications. She spoke on the topic “One Health, Food Security and Climate Change“.



Dr. Laura H. Kahn is a physician and research scholar with the Program on Science and Global Security at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.

In April 2006, she published Confronting Zoonoses, Linking Human and Veterinary Medicine in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Journal of Emerging Infectious Diseases. That publication helped launch the One Health Initiative (http://www.onehealthinitiative.com) that seeks to improve the health of all species by increasing communication and collaboration between human, animal, and environmental health specialists. She is the author of Who’s in Charge? Leadership during epidemics, bioterror attacks, and other public health crises published in 2009 by Praeger Security International. She has also authored other major books including Confronting Emerging Zoonoses: The One Health Paradigm (2014), One Health and the Politics of Antimicrobial Resistance, (2016) published by Johns Hopkins University Press and Who’s In Charge?: Leadership during Epidemics, Bioterror Attacks, and Other Public Health Crises 2nd edition (2020). She writes online columns for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and has published in many peer-reviewed journals. Princeton University awarded her course, “Hogs, Bats, and Ebola: An Introduction to One Health policy,” with a 250th Anniversary Fund for Innovation in Undergraduate Education.

A native of California, Dr. Kahn holds a B.S. degree in Nursing from UCLA, an M.D. from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, a Master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University, and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Princeton University. Dr. Kahn is a fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and is a recipient of the New Jersey Chapter’s Laureate Award. In 2014, she received a Presidential Award for Meritorious Service from the American Association of Public Health Physicians, and in 2016, the American Veterinary Epidemiology Society (AVES) awarded her with their highest honor for her work in One Health: the K.F. Meyer-James H. Steele Gold Head Cane Award.


Watch the OHAM Webinar Series with Dr. Laura Kahn below; 

Part 1 – In this video, Dr. Laura Kahn gives an introduction to the topic “One Health, Food Security and Climate Change”. She explores and answers the following questions – How do meat-based diets affect disease emergence and climate change? How does zoonoses spillover events happen? Should wildlife animal and live markets be banned? She also draws a comparison between China and India’s animal consumption and trade lifestyle and their respective impacts on zoonoses spillover events.


Part 2 – In this video, Dr. Laura Kahn continues on the topic “One Health, Food Security and Climate Change” discusses how climate change affects agriculture (and vice versa). She provides a history and progression of climate change and details how greenhouse effects cause global warming. She also gives an insight into how Agricultural activities like livestock farming, soil management, fertilization, and fecal waste production contribute to Climate Change. Finally, she explains the linkage between climate change, food security and antimicrobial resistance, and how through the One Health paradigm, they all contribute to human and ecosystem health


Find more educative OHAM Webinars below;

Watch the OHAM Webinar on ‘Postgraduate Opportunities in One Health’ with Dr. Adewole Adekola

Watch the OHAM Webinar on ‘Implementing One Health’ with Dr. Cheryl Stroud


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