LMU-CVM to Host 2020 CAHA Conference Virtually

Save the Date for the CAHA 2020 Conference: Friday, October 30, 9 am - 3 pm

Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) will host the 2020 Center for Animal and Human Health in Appalachia (CAHA) Conference virtually on Oct. 30, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST via Zoom Webinar. This is the sixth conference held by LMU-CVM and its timely focus will be on significant impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on human and animal health issues in the United States.


Dr. Gerald W. Parker, Jr., the associate dean for Global One Health and director of the Pandemic and Biosecurity Policy Program at Texas A&M University will serve as the keynote speaker. Dr. Megin Nichols, the Enteric Zoonoses Activity Lead at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Mary Pomeroy, an epidemiologist at CDC working within the Covid-19 response in the Food Systems Working Group, will present on COVID-19 and the U.S. Food Supply.  Dr. Mary-Margaret Fill,a medical epidemiologist for the Tennessee Department of Health, will discuss regional COVID-19 issues and Dr. Apryle Horbal, president of VetNow, and Dr. Gil Patterson, chief medical officer for VetNow, and will speak on telemedicine and telehealth issues as it relates to COVID-19.


“We are thrilled to have these high caliber speakers for this year’s CAHA conference. Their insight into the COVID-19 pandemic will be enlightening, to say the least,” said Dean Stacy Anderson.


“We remain steadfast in our mission of not only serving and supporting Appalachia, but enhancing it in terms of physical, mental, and environmental health and the annual CAHA conference brings together students across medical programs to discuss One Health issues,” said Dr. Donald L. Noah, executive director for CAHA. “As we navigate through a global pandemic, it is important to keep the conversations about human and animal health issues at the forefront of the discussion.”


One Health is a global initiative that encourages collaboration among all health disciplines with the goal of attaining optimal health for people, animals and the environment. This event brings together One Health experts from the region and across the nation as well as students from a variety of LMU’s health care programs to discuss how veterinarians, doctors, nurses, physician assistants and other medical professionals, environmentalists, epidemiologists and many others can work together to solve global health problems. The event is organized annually by the Center for Animal and Human Health in Appalachia (CAHA) whose mission is to improve animal health and public health in the Appalachian region. Whether students plan to be veterinarians, public health nurses, environmental specialists or physicians, they will play an integral role in developing the future of global health care.


Register to attend CAHA 2020 online at:  http://bit.ly/CAHA2020


Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine is located on LMU’s main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee, with additional academic facilities in nearby Lee County, Virginia. LMU-CVM is an integral part of the University’s medical programs and provides real-world, community-based education in a collaborative learning environment. For more information about LMU-CVM, call 1.800.325.0900, ext. 7150 or visit us online at vetmed.LMUnet.edu.

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