Parkland College is partnering with area health groups to offer a new professional education series that explores the relationship between human and animal health.
Through the series, "One Community, One Medicine, One Health: Uniting Human and Animal Health," experts from medicine, veterinary medicine, and public health meet quarterly to collaborate on clinical care improvements for all patients, based on shared knowledge about human and animal medical treatment.
Area physicians, veterinarians, and other human and animal health care professionals are invited to attend the next session in the series, "Population-Based Communicable Diseases," which takes place Aug. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Carle's Pollard Auditorium, 611 W. Park St. in Urbana.
Parkland's partners include the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Carle Foundation Hospital, C-U Public Health District, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and the Champaign County Humane Society.
"This partnership is a great opportunity for Parkland to 'engage the community in learning' while fostering the connection between human and animal health," said Dr. Lisa Eller, associate professor in Veterinary Technology at Parkland.
"Nearly 75 percent of all emerging human infectious diseases in the past three decades originated in animals, according to the One Health Commission. By joining with Champaign area health organizations to educate all health professions regarding the link between human, animal and ecosystem health, we can further the prevention and treatment of disease."
Space in the sessions is limited. To learn more or register, visit carleconnect.com
or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
. Payment of $25 per session, which includes dinner and professional education units, is due upon check-in at the session. The fee is waived for medical, nursing, veterinary, and other students (with university identification).