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In an effort to expand and intensify Midwestern University's commitment to interprofessional education, the University decided to adopt the principles of the One Health Initiative as a core component of our healthcare philosophy. At its foundation, the One Health Initiative recognizes that the health of humans is connected to the health of animals and the environment. One goal of the initiative is to break down the cultural isolation between the professional health disciplines and ecosystems sciences. The One Health Initiative aims to unite the efforts of physicians, veterinarians, research scientists, and others to gain additional insights into the complex interrelationships between global biodiversity, sustainability, and public health.

"Midwestern University believes that through research, teaching, clinical experience, and service projects we can share the interdependence of all healthcare professions in a way that links our colleges of medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, health sciences, and veterinary medicine to a greater understanding of the interconnectivity of all species and our environment," said Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Midwestern University. "The One Health Initiative goes beyond our current interprofessional programs to promote a greater understanding of how all healthcare professionals are impacted by the work of their colleagues," she added. 

At Midwestern University, the plan includes a multiyear effort to introduce, integrate, and measure the impact and improvements developed based on principles outlined in the One Health Initiative. In addition, the University is augmenting its current interprofessional education courses to incorporate the One Health Initiative principles, providing additional support for cross-disciplinary research, and enhancing community service opportunities to provide more comprehensive education and outreach.

Midwestern University expects the One Health Initiative principles and practices to inspire its faculty, staff, and students to work more collaboratively as respected colleagues who understand the nature and interdependency of humans, animals, and the environment and to strengthen the bonds of healthcare professionals through education and research to benefit the health, quality of life, and well-being of all species.