March 5, 2010

In the Spotlight - The One Health Initiative

One Health Initiative will unite human and veterinary medicine

About the One Health Initiative

The One Health Initiative, a movement to forge co-equal, all inclusive collaborations between physicians, veterinarians, and other scientific-health related disciplines, has been endorsed by various major medical organizations and health agencies, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Medical Association, the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the American Society for Microbiology and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additionally, more than 400 prominent scientists, physicians and veterinarians worldwide have endorsed the initiative.

The One Health concept is a worldwide strategy for expanding interdisciplinary collaborations and communications in all aspects of health care for humans and animals. The synergism achieved will advance health care for the 21st century and beyond by accelerating biomedical research discoveries, enhancing public health efficacy, expeditiously expanding the scientific knowledge base, and improving medical education and clinical care. When properly implemented, it will help protect and save untold millions of lives in our present and future generations.

What is Available on the One Health Initiative Website?

To gain a better understanding about the One Health Initiative, visitors will find the following information on the website:

  • A summary of the organization's mission
  • A growing reference collection of publications that share the One Health theme
  • The One Health Newsletter archive, dating back to 2008. The most recent issue, Winter 2010, can be found here [pdf].
  • Frequently updated news relevant to the One Health Initiative movement
  • A link to the full-text copy of the American Veterinary Medical Association Task Force Report
  • Ongoing listing of upcoming meetings and events

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