142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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James H. Steele DVM, MPH: Messenger, Message and Impact on Public Health

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014 : 3:05 PM - 3:20 PM

Russell W. Currier, DVM, MPH , American Veterinary Medical History Society, Clive, IA
Jim Steele's life and career had an impact that is difficult to quantify in supporting
the role of veterinary medicine in public health, the founding of Communicable
Disease Center and finally in academic public health. All of this is well
documented in his copious writings and represents One Health before the term was
coined in the past 15 years. This presentation will highlight these accomplishments
with the intent to inspire 21st century public health workers to emulate Dr Steele.

Learning Areas:

Other professions or practice related to public health
Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Describe Jim Steele the man and his message influenced by study and appreciation of history and its impact on current events and challenges. Clearly he was always ahead of his time and prepared to lead based on sound science and commitment. Appreciation of all these traits - including optimism - will serve as motivators to attendees.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been acquainted with Dr James H. Steele since 1966 and worked closely with him from 1969 to present. Most recently about two years ago, we coauthored a paper on One Health and sexually transmitted infections. I wrote the news article for the USPHS newsletter on the life and career of Dr Steele on the occasion of his 100th birthday, 3 April 2013. I have corresponded and visited with Dr Steele by phone at least every two weeks for past the five years. His life is exemplary of how public health workers should exercise leadership through commitment, honesty, constant study, risk-taking, and appreciation & knowledge of medical and health history. My presentation will showcase these attributes and challenges overcome in his very long and productive life that was most active until just a few days before his passing.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.