Sixth Annual “One Medicine” Symposium
Earth, Wind, & Fire: A One Medicine
Approach to Climate Change
December 10-11, 2008
Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center
Durham, North Carolina
A conference for physicians; nurses; veterinarians; veterinary technicians; public health, agriculture, wildlife, and
environmental professionals; and federal, military, state, and local disaster responders.
For the last fi ve years, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the North Carolina
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services have hosted the annual One Medicine Symposium to educate
and provide attendees with take-home tools that will improve and enhance preparedness for a natural or man-made
disaster or infectious disease outbreak.
The theme of the 2008 symposium, “Earth, Wind, and Fire: A One Medicine Approach to Climate Change,”
focuses on the effects of climate change on agriculture, public health, and animal health. This year’s agenda
includes environmental challenges that encourage human and animal health professionals to come together to
explore key questions so we can improve awareness and understanding of issues benefi ting from a One Medicine
Conference Objectives- at the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
• Describe the impacts of climate change on human and animal health.
• Discuss solutions and preventive measures to respond to possible health consequences of climate change.
• Discuss the effects of extreme weather on public health, animal health, and agriculture including national,
regional, and local examples.
• Highlight the “One Medicine” approach of close cooperation between human and veterinary medicine for
a rapid and effective response to terrorism, disease, and natural disasters.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Steve Cline, DDS, MPH, Deputy State Health Director, NC
Department of Health and Human Services
Steve Troxler, Commissioner, NC De