The concept of One Health recognizes that human-animal-environmental health are interrelated, and thus human health is highly dependent on environmental and animal health. Our long-term and mixed-methods research aims to identify common risk factors to inform evidence-based interventions targeting human, animal, and/or environmental health for the benefit of One Health. We recognize that public health concerns do not always align with the needs of local people, and our projects involve communities to help identify "win-wins" for individual and public health.
Illicit to Legitimate:
Disruption of Wildlife Trade Networks through Building Alternative Nutritional, Economic and Health Networks
Focusing on illicit wildlife trafficking in Nigeria, this project aims to combat food insecurity and emergent disease risks in bushmeat hunting communities through alternative livelihood skills trainings and health education, with the goal of enhancing community resilience for the protection of wildlife.
Child wearing Holoflops ™ designed to curb hookworm transmission by adhering a public health message to the mode of intervention (shoes).
Importantly, this project provided health benefits to communities buffering protected forest areas, helping to improve human-park relations.
PI: Tony Goldberg
Science and Technical Advisory Board
Ebola Survivor Corps was developed in October 2014 as a group of scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a deeply-rooted need to respond to the lack of evidence-based community-engagement that was required to stop the Ebola epidemic. We brainstormed a wide range of solutions, primarily focused on the employment of Ebola survivors (given their inherent immunity against reinfection) at multiple stages of case detection, comfort, contact tracing, case management, treatment, and even as ‘death doulas’ in order to accommodate community apprehension around care-seeking.
Our project was selected as an OpenIdeo challenge winners for “How might we rapidly equip and empower the care community to fight Ebola?” sponsored by CDC, DoD, and USAID in collaboration with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. We were approached by OpenIdeo and Indiegogo to put our idea out for crowdfunding. With the support business and media consultants, we accepted the challenge and launched the Ebola Survivor Corps which solidified as a registered, tax-exempt nonprofit called HDCP Ltd. based in Madison, WI, USA.