The One Health and Emerging Communication Technologies for Behavior and Decision-Making Initiative
MSU is successfully executing a NIH project - The One Health and Emerging Communication Technologies for Behavior and Decision-Making Initiative. This initiative brings together the perspectives of social science researchers with scientists in human, animal, and ecosystem health to determine key research questions for using new and emerging communication technologies for understanding and facilitating One Health-related behaviors.
Seeded with funding from the National Institutes of Health, the goals of the initiative are two-fold: 1) to form an interdisciplinary network of researchers who have interests in this realm; and 2) to craft a research agenda to enhance social science research in One Health. Researchers who have been involved in the meetings (Figure 1) represent the following disciplinary realms: from the social sciences: health, risk and science communication, information science, education technology, journalism, sociology, philosophy, public health, economics, and technology-mediated communication. From the biological and physical sciences the project team has brought together researchers from food and water science, engineering, molecular biology, veterinary medicine, human medicine, epidemiology, microbiology, pathology, environmental toxicology and conservation biology. All of the researchers engaged have significant research programs and have worked for years teaching and mentoring students at all levels.
MSU has extensive experience and a long history in implementing large global USAID funded project. Those projects include: