One Health Lecture Focuses on Food Chain Health

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February 02, 2017

Midwestern University has a long history of interprofessional education and upholds 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.

As part of that commitment, Midwestern University provides a variety of One Health lectures, programs, and multi-disciplinary research opportunities throughout the year. Most recently, the Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP) on the Downers Grove Campus hosted a lecture about the use of antibiotics in the food chain and its impact on human health.

CCP alum Sarah M. Wieczorkiewicz, Pharm.D., BCPS (AQ-ID), Clinical Pharmacist, Infectious Diseases, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, presented the lecture "Moooove Over Cows, Pigs, Chickens, There's a New Meat in Town: Antimicrobials in Agriculture"  on the Downers Grove Campus. Students and faculty from all academic programs were invited to the lecture.

"Antimicrobial overuse for agricultural purposes is staggering, contributing to the development of antimicrobial resistance," Dr. Wieczorkiewicz said. "Awareness of resistance and optimal use is the first step in the change process." Midwestern University will continue to provide One Health educational opportunities throughout the year.