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One Health Advocacy

The COHA Advocacy Committee has developed resources to help members and organizations advocate for One Health.  This information will be kept updated to provide current information and recommendations to use in support of One Health legislation.

The COHA Advocacy Committee has developed resources to help members and organizations advocate for One Health.  This information will be kept updated to provide current information and recommendations to use in support of One Health legislation.  

11/16/2020:

Dear COHA Members:

We are pleased to provide the exciting news that both the House and Senate FY21 appropriations bills now contain language that authorizes an inter-agency report that develops a One Health Framework for coordinated federal activities.

In light of this, the COHA Advocacy Committee  (Sue Vandewoude, Tracy Webb, Wendy Shelton, and Charles Vite) has modified its recommendation for how to support this pending legislation.  Your support as a registered voter, your friends and students as registered voters, and your institution, provide an opportunity to make a difference in One Health Awareness!  

Attached please find four documents developed by the COHA Advocacy Committee, in collaboration with Kevin Cain (AAVMC), Lauren Broccoli (AVMA), and Cheryl Stroud (One Health Commission), which will help in promoting support for the pending One Health legislation.

The COHA Advocacy Instruction Kit provides detailed instructions for how you can help. The COHA Advocacy Letter Draft is a template you can use for your correspondence. The “Vet School and Legislators” spreadsheet conveniently provides contacts for your senators and congresspeople. Timing is crucial– please contact them during the lame duck period (Nov 4, 2020-Jan 20, 2021) to encourage them to support this OH legislation.

We will continue to update COHA membership with news about passage of this legislation and future updates through email and this website.

Please contact the appropriate channels (this probably starts with your college dean) to encourage institutional support of these measures, and ****note that many academic institutions require you to use a personal email or mailing address when you support this initiative as a private citizen (so please check if in doubt!) As always, thank you for your support of One Health!

 -COHA Advocacy Committee

LINKS

List of COHA Member Schools (updated November 2020)
Veterinary School and Legislator Contact List (updated October 2020)
COHA Advocacy Instruction Kit
COHA Advocacy Letter Draft