Narratives of One Health In Action - One Health Commission

Narratives of One Health In Action

One Health can provide a safe, 'no judgment zone' for many needed conversations surrounding our most difficult global and environmental health challenges. ‘Narratives of One Health in Action’ is a page where many items can be shared, from peer reviewed scientific case studies to examples of One Health successes (or missed opportunities) to Op Eds and Opinion Pieces. Opinions expressed here are not necessarily approved by the One Health Commission but are shared ‘because’ this is a safe, no judgement zone and we need to hear from many perspectives on many of today’s challenges. Thoughtful articles written in a professional tone will be considered for posting. Submit suggested items to

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November 2015

Nov 20
November 20
Economic Benefits of a One Health Approach

Most “one health” advocates understand intuitively there are economic and public health benefits to approaching zoonotic disease occurrences as both a human and animal health issue.  The World Bank has funded health projects that address zoonotic disease outbreaks and analyzed the economic costs and benefits of comprehensive and complementary strategies to reduce the incidence of selected zoonotic diseases.  Their findings support the idea that integrated surveillance and control, community education, building laboratory capacity that supports both animal and human diagnosis, and cross training and collaboration of community-based health workers, improve public health outcomes.  


September 2015


August 2015

Aug 11
August 11
Developing Better Worldwide Solutions to Manage Brucellosis: Good for people, good for goats (animals)

Infectious diseases, especially those that have been controlled in countries with advanced economies but continue to threaten developing countries, pose a particularly difficult challenge in many areas of the world. Zoonotic diseases, infectious illnesses that originate in animals but are also transmissible to humans, are the sources of many infectious disease outbreaks among humans. 


June 2015

Jun 29
June 29
One Health: An Introduction and Initial Assessment by Carolyn Hilliard

This pilot study conducted at a medical school was designed to assess physician aptitude in dealing with zoonotic diseases, physician habit in discussing environmental safety measures and hazards with their patients, and to assess physician perceptions on threats to human health. It highlighted the importance of collaboration with professions such as Veterinary Medicine, Disease Ecology and Conservation Biology, and introduced the concept of One Health. It is important to remember that One Health encompasses more than just disease (including many positive outcomes when using a One Health approach) and this study was specific as it was a pilot study in addition to an introduction to One Health.


April 2015


January 2015

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