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K-State and Kansas Health Foundation Team Up to Promote 'One Health Kansas'
Date:10/30/2008

MANHATTAN, Kan., Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Kansas State University and the Kansas Health Foundation are collaborating to make Kansans healthier. A new venture, "One Health Kansas," will promote awareness and understanding of the interconnections among human, animal and environmental health.

The Kansas State University Foundation accepted the award for the project, which is funded for three years for a total of $2,292,308.

"One Health Kansas" will be directed by Lisa Freeman, associate vice president for innovation, K-State Olathe Innovation Campus, and Beth Montelone, associate dean, College of Arts and Sciences, and interim scientific director, Biosecurity Research Institute.

"The project has two components," Freeman said. "The first is to build the pipeline of future public health professionals and the second is to provide broader and more in-depth education for current and future professionals. This will develop a public health workforce capable of addressing emerging and re-emerging zoonotic diseases. In addition, 'One Health Kansas' will enable K-State to develop new collaborations focused on infection prevention with Stormont Vail HealthCare and the Olathe Medical Center.

"One Health Kansas is an exciting opportunity for K-State to utilize its strengths in collaboration, communication and integration," said K-State President Jon Wefald. "K-State will take a leadership role in promoting One Health concepts across the state of Kansas. Moreover, if K-State is selected as the site for the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility -- NBAF -- this award will help meet NBAF's workforce needs and allow more of our best and brightest graduates to stay in Kansas."

"To achieve these outcomes, the project will create a series of outreach and education programs to be delivered on K-State's Manhattan campus and at partner community college sites, including Dodge City, Johnson County and Kansas City, Kan.," Montelone said. "It
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