Celebrating Our Clients and Partners on One Health Day
For the past several years, HDR has been a strong advocate and champion of “One Health.” The One Health Commission describes “One Health” as “the collaborative effort of multiple health science professions, together with their related disciplines and institutions — working locally, nationally, and globally — to attain optimal health for people, domestic animals, wildlife, plants and our environment.”
At HDR, we have seen firsthand how the interconnectedness of people, animals and our environment impacts the world in astounding ways. Initiated in 2016, One Health Day (November 3) seeks to bring attention and build cultural capacity to develop interdisciplinary solutions to address some of our global health challenges.
This year, to recognize One Health Day, we are highlighting some of our clients and partners who are making significant strides in specific areas related to one health. We are thankful for their contributions and honoured to work alongside of them to advance the key tenets of One Health.
Human Medicine — Lwala Community Alliance
Lwala Community Alliance works hand in hand with members of the Lwala, Kenya community to address their specific health challenges. Recognizing that successful solutions go beyond running a successful health facility, they provide services out in the community as well. In 2012, we were privileged to work alongside Lwala to develop design solutions that addressed the growth and overcrowding they were experiencing in their community hospital. Since that time, Lwala has continued to make progress, breaking ground on a community hospital expansion in 2014 and continuing to design, implement and evaluate programs that are driven by the communities that they benefit. Learn more about the project.
Veterinary Medicine — The Pirbright Institute
The Pirbright Institute has a mission of delivering research and surveillance to prevent virus diseases of livestock and virus transmission from animals to human. The impact of this science is global — affecting animal health and economic prosperity worldwide. But Pirbright’s commitment to health and well-being does not stop there. At initial meetings for the design of their new Plowbright Building, Pirbright’s leadership brought up the idea of a Category 4 Containment facility with windows, improving the quality of the work environment for those who work there. Through a rigourous, careful and thoughtful response to a detailed risk assessment, as well as through well-designed and tested detail, the project team was able to deliver a flexible and collaborative work environment — with windows — that fosters modern research.
Environmental Health — Okanagan College
In 2011, Okanagen College officially opened the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation. Demonstrating their commitment to long-term environmental health and sustainability, the building was designed to the standard of the Living Building Challenge, the world’s most rigourous proven performance standard for buildings. Today it serves as a “living classroom” for training future workers skilled in the practices of sustainable buildings, with the building itself used as part of the curriculum. Reflecting the goals of One Health and the interconnectedness of animal, environmental and human health, the design team created an environment on the site to help save a local endangered butterfly.
Ecology — The Trust for Public Land
In collaboration with the City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation, the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management, The National Monument Foundation and most importantly the community, The Trust for Public Land has helped make the Rodney Cook Sr. Park at Historic Vine City a reality. Set to open in 2018, the 16-acre park has been designed to alleviate the flooding by capturing and storing up to 10-million gallons of stormwater, while creating a vibrant community destination and ultimately revitalizing the neighborhood.
Public Health — Association of Public Health Laboratories
HDR has been a Platinum sponsor of the Association of Public Health Laboratories for several years. We strongly support their work and mission to strengthen laboratory systems serving the public’s health in the United States and globally. One of the ways we have been able to partner with them is through projects such as Tanzania’s Regional Labs, where we worked with APHL, the Abbott Fund and CDC-Tanzania to develop a prototype diagnostic laboratory that could be used as a model for new-build and laboratory renovations at Tanzania’s regional hospitals across the country — the first of which was built in 2009. This effort helped improve access to quality HIV/AIDS services in the region. Read more about our collaboration.
Molecular and Microbiology — International Association of National Public Health Institutes
The mission of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI) is to link and strengthen the government agencies responsible for public health. One of the ways they have done this is through their support of projects around the world that help build capacity for key public health functions. For the Mozambique National Institute of Health, we had the privilege of working with IANPHI and several other organizations to determine the built environment requirements necessary to build a public health institute from the ground up that would help them achieve their long term goals. That new building is set to open in December! Read more about the new institute.
Health Economics — Construction for Change and The 30/30 Project
Together, Construction for Change and the 30/30 project are bringing quality, affordable healthcare to regions all over the world. We were able to collaborate with them on developing the design for the Optimize Health Clinic in Raghogarah, India — an effort to bring innovative, low cost models of care delivery to the area to support the health and wellness of the population. The pilot project is set to open soon with the intention of setting cogent precedents for the expansion of healthcare facilities in remote regions of India. Read more about that project.
Translational Medicine — The University of Nebraska Medical Center
When the University of Nebraska Medical Center celebrated the opening of the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center earlier this year, they knew it marked the beginning of a new era for the medical centre — one with translational medicine at its heart. The new facility is designed to place researchers working in laboratories just steps away from clinicians caring for patients. The collaboration, communication and problem-solving fostered in special translational “knowledge transfer” zones will inspire trans-disciplinary integration and help accelerate individualized patient treatments based on the latest research and a patient’s own cancer cells. Representing some of the best thinking and ideas to date around translational health, the new centre is sure to set new precedents for true transdisciplinary care for institutions around the world.