One Health Conference

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One Health @ UConn

The One Health Conference at UConn will connect CAHNR faculty and staff, as well as others at UConn, across disciplines in three areas: 

  • One Health: A Framework for Equity from Global to Local 
  • One Health: The Human-Animal-Environmental Interface 
  • One Health: A Changing Ecosystem 

Keynote and thematic speakers will provide an overview of each area and then attendees will develop action steps in small groups to advance our research, teaching and extension missions in each area. 

Registration is full. Please check back, we may have wait list opportunities.

One Health Conference

Monday, April 1, 2024

UConn Student Union, Storrs

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


8:00 a.m. - Poster set up

8:30 a.m. - Check-in 

9:00 a.m. - Welcome 

                      Opening Remarks: Dean Indrajeet Chaubey, CAHNR; and Commissioner Bryan Hurlburt, Connecticut Department of Agriculture

                     Keynote Session: Dr. Osman Dar, Director, One Health Project, Global Health Programme, Chatham House

10:00-10:30 a.m. - Break and posters 

10:30-11:30 a.m. - Session 01: One Health: A Framework for Equity from Global to Local 

                                  Keywords: justice, diversity, low-income countries, marginalized groups, equitable health systems, mental health, health disparities, health equity, chronic disease,  

                                  Session Speaker: Elaine C. Lee, UConn Department of Kinesiology

                                  Working Session (all)

11:30-12:30 p.m. - Session 02: One Health: The Human-Animal-Environment Interface 

                                  Keywords: emerging infections, antimicrobial resistance, tropical disease, zoonotic diseases, pandemic prevention, built environment, materials, chronic disease, mental health 

                                  Session Speaker: Elsio Wunder, UConn Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science

                                  Working Session (all)

12:30 p.m. - Lunch, posters, people’s choice poster voting 

1:30-2:30 p.m. - Keynote session: Dr. Leann Andrews, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, Penn State One Health                                                                  Group

2:30-3:00 p.m. - Break and posters

3:00 –4:00 p.m. - Session 03: One Health: A Changing Ecosystem  

                                  Keywords: climate change, biodiversity, plants, agriculture, agroecology, microbiome, food security, occupational aspects, 

                                  Session Speaker: Dave Dickson, UConn Department of Extension and the Center for Land Use Research and Education (CLEAR)

                                  Working Session (all)


4:00-4:30 p.m. - Closing session: Dr. Doug Casa, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, UConn Department of Kinesiology

                               Poster Awards and Next Steps


Meet Our Speakers

Osman DarOsman A. Dar

Osman A. Dar is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) and a fellow of the Faculty of Public Health (UK). At Chatham House, he is director of the Global Health Programme’s One Health project, an umbrella term referring to the programme’s work on zoonotic diseases, emerging infections, ecological approaches to disease control, antimicrobial resistance, and food security.

In his role at the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), Osman is a consultant physician in global health where he leads capacity-building initiatives in support of the International Health Regulations, One Health operationalisation and Health Systems Strengthening.

Internationally, Osman is a working group co-chair for the One Health High Level Expert Panel (OHHLEP) advising WHO, OIE, FAO and UNEP on their global One Health activities, and also serves on the independent Technical Advisory Panel for the World Bank Pandemic Fund.

Leann AndrewsLeann Andrews

Leann Andrews is an assistant professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and is affiliated with the Ecology Plus Design: E+D initiative and the Penn State One Health Group. She is a licensed landscape architect with a background in global health, ecological restoration, green infrastructure, community design, and dance; and she delights in the fusion of the arts and sciences for social and environmental activism.

Andrews leads transdisciplinary action research and participatory design projects with vulnerable communities in the United States and Peru, assessing the impacts that landscape interventions have on human and ecological health using One Health and Planetary Health frameworks. Her built, planning and research work has won numerous national and international awards and has been highlighted in the New York Times Daily 360, BBC Health Check, Alaska Airlines Horizon Magazine, Landscape Architecture Magazine, and King 5 News.

Andrews is a founder and board member of the design activism non-profit Traction and is a member of the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) Emeritus Board, the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) Advisory Circle, and the Center for Technological, Biomedical, and Environmental Research (CITBM) in Peru.

Doug CasaDouglas J. Casa

Dr. Casa is the CEO of the Korey Stringer Institute (since it was founded in 2010) and is a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Kinesiology (began at UConn in 1999) at the University of Connecticut. The mission of the KSI ( is to provide research, education, advocacy, and consultation, to maximize performance, optimize safety, and prevent sudden death for the athlete, warfighter, and laborer. Additionally, he is the editor of a book titled: Preventing Sudden Death in Sport and Physical Activity (2nd edition, 2017), published by Jones & Bartlett in cooperation with the American College of Sports Medicine. Another recent book titled Sports and Physical Activity in the heat: Maximizing Performance and Safety was published by Springer in the winter of 2018.  His latest book- Elite Soccer Players: Maximizing Performance and Safety was published by Routledge in 2020. Dr. Casa has published about 400 peer- reviewed publications/book chapters and presented more than 600 times on subjects related to maximizing performance in the heat, exertional heat stroke, heat-related illnesses, preventing sudden death in sport, and hydration. As a licensed athletic trainer Dr. Casa has successfully treated 401 cases of exertional heat stroke (with 0 fatalities).  In addition, from 2018 through 2021 he served on the International Olympic Committee Adverse Weather Impact Expert Group for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 (took place in 2021) that focused on the extreme heat anticipated for these games.

Conference Committee

  • Elaine Lee (SVIC Fellow)
  • Stacey Stearns (SVIC Coordinator)
  • Jacqueline Kowalski (Ag & Food SVIC) 
  • Zach Gordon (Ag & Food SVIC) 
  • Amy McKeon (Health SVIC) 
  • Marc Cournoyer (Health SVIC) 
  • Mary Beth Osborne (DEIJ SVIC) 
  • Jill Desimini (DEIJ & Landscapes/Climate SVICs) 
  • Eva Wiggins (Research) 
  • Elsio Wunder (Pathobiology) 
  • Julia Smachylo (PSLA) 
  • SVIC co-chairs 

Please contact Elaine Lee or Stacey Stearns if you need more information on the conference.