One Health is the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally to attain optimal health for people, animals, and our environment. The One Health concept recognizes that the health of humans, animals and the environment are interconnected.
As we continue to address One Health in the face of a global pandemic, it is important to recognize that COVID-19 is not the only public and One Health threat that can
have a negative health impact to the animal and human populations as well as the environment they live and work in.
More than half of all infectious diseases in people can be spread by animals. Termed zoonoses, these diseases can be transmitted to humans and animals through contamination of the environment, contamination of food products, and through transmission by an insect, tick, or other vector.
Improving public health at home, work, and during leisure activities requires a One Health approach. Physicians, veterinarians, ecologists, occupational scientists, and other health science professionals must work together to reach the ultimate goal of optimal health for humans, animals and the environment.
Our Technical Service directorates are multidisciplinary teams that all contribute unique expertise. Their skillsets combined provide a more holistic approach to improving public health; collaboration is the key to maximize the health of our communities. Click below to learn more about each of our directorates and how they contribute to our One Health mission: