Graduate Student K. Blair Budd Delivers Keynote Address at George Washington University's One Health Day
Graduate student K. Blair Budd delivered the keynote address at George Washington University Students for One Health Organization’s One Health Day, an event focused on ways experts in the field are educating the general public on One Health concepts. She presented on her work to advance the One Health approach in her role as the director of the One Health Academy.
One Health is a collaborative, multisectoral and transdisciplinary approach to addressing global health challenges. The approach recognizes the interconnection between people, animals, plants and their shared environment and builds on the idea that successful public health interventions require the cooperation of human, animal and environmental health communities.
Budd, an MPH student in applied environmental health, became interested in One Health as an undergraduate University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill student volunteering for the North Carolina One Health Collaborative.
When she moved to DC for graduate school, she started to participate in the local One Health group—the One Health Academy. Last fall, she began to volunteer as the director.
Founded in 2006, the One Health Academy is a monthly gathering of health professionals and industry leaders interested in One Health-centered dialogue, learning and social engagement. Members include health professionals from governmental agencies (federal, state and local), public health, non-profit and private sector organizations.
As the director, Budd helps to advance the One Health approach by organizing the speakers and logistics for the One Health Academy's monthly meetings where members collaborate, network and participate in educational presentations, discussions and mentoring activities. Budd also helps to maintain a One Health professional network.
"It has been a rewarding experience!" Budd wrote in an email.
In addition to her work at the One Health Academy, Budd works as a teaching assistant for global health courses.