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Bio: Dr. Katey Pelican is an Associate Professor and head of the Ecosystem Health Division in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota. The Ecosystem Health Initiative focuses on improving health at the intersection of animals, humans, and the environment (a concept also known as One Health). In 2009, Pelican became University Partner Co-Lead for the USAID-funded RESPOND project to build global capacity for diseases emerging out of animal populations using One Health approaches.

The RESPOND project is focused on working with 28 university schools of public health, veterinary medicine, nursing, and medicine in order to create innovative training programs that improve health and control infectious diseases in emerging disease hotspots. She is now continuing that work as Senior Technical Officer on the One Health Workforce project, part of the USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats Program 2.

In addition to her work with USAID, Dr. Pelican has research projects focused on understanding health and disease at the human-livestock-wildlife interface in Africa, Panama, Chile, and Minnesota. As Lead for the Stone Mountain Meeting One Health Capacity Building Working Group, Dr. Pelican has additionally worked with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the World Bank, the United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to implement a new One Health Systems Mapping and Analysis Resource Toolkit (OH-SMART). OH-SMART was piloted in Minnesota in 2013 and is now being launched in the United States and Indonesia as a part of the Global Health Security Agenda implementation plan for the USDA.

Location: USAID One Health Workforce Project

College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Minnesota
1365 Gortner Ave
St Paul, MN 55108

Description: Under the leadership of University Deans across 12 countries in Africa and Southeast Asia, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supported the development of two One Health University networks. These networks share the vision of shaping the future “One Health” workforce and are the foundation for the One Health Workforce project. Emerging Pandemic Threats 2 (EPT2) is focused on mitigating the impact of novel “high consequence pathogens” that originate in animals with a goal of enabling early detection of new disease threats, effectively controlling those threats, enhancing national level preparedness in advance of outbreaks, and ultimately reducing the risk of these diseases emerging by minimizing human behaviors and practices that trigger the “spill over and spread” of new pathogens. EPT2 consists of a suite of One Health Investments, PREDICT 2, One Health Workforce, and the Preparedness & Response, that contribute to each of these goals and are complemented by strategic investments in key partners including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, and the World Health Organization.