Dr. Rabinowitz is a professor in the University of Washington Departments of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Global Health, and Family Medicine. He is adjunct professor at the UW School of Medicine, Department of Allergy and Infectious Disease. Dr. Rabinowitz received a BA from Amherst, an MD from the University of Washington, and an MPH from Yale. He is board certified in Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Family Medicine. Dr. Rabinowitz directs the UW Center for One Health Research (COHR). The Center explores interactions between humans, animals, and their shared environment in a "One Health" paradigm. The Center aims to help find out “what the animals are telling us” about our changing environment that we share with other species. One of the projects of the UW Center for One Health Research has been studying the effect of natural gas extraction activities on human and animal health.
One Health: Animals in the Environment
In recent decades, oil and gas development in the US has expanded more rapidly than the capacity of efforts to assess the public health impact of such development. As a result, it is important not to rely only on the results of long term, carefully designed health studies of humans, but also to remain alert to sporadic cases of adverse health events that are detected by the public, health professionals or media sources. Such “sentinel events”, such as a cluster of disease cases among workers at an oil or gas production facility, can be an indication of a new or unanticipated health impact from a known or novel health hazard. In addition to highly exposed humans, animals can be sentinels of environmental health hazards, due to higher exposures, greater susceptibility, or shorter latency to develop disease. There have been numerous reports of disease events in wildlife or domestic animals in proximity to oil and gas development. The One Health approach considers the relationship between the health of humans, animals and their shared environment, and provides a framework for assessing ecosystem wide health impacts of oil and gas development. This presentation will illustrate application of the One Health approach through case examples.
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