One Health Social Sciences Initiative - One Health Commission

One Health Social Sciences Initiative

About the OH-SS

The One Health Commission believes that the Social sciences are essential to understanding and addressing the root causes of disease and determinants of community health. Without an understanding of how sociological, cultural, economic, demographic, historical, linguistic, geographic, political, and other social dimensions contribute to health, society will be limited in achieving it for all. Social science disciplines are critical to making One Health the default way of doing business at all levels of research, academia, policy, and government.

Therefore, a One Health Social Sciences (OH-SS) Initiative has been launched that will provide a platform for innovation and integration of all social science disciplines to strengthen the One Health movement. This team invites social science researchers and practitioners to share their expertise in utilization of the One Health approach to facilitate achievement of the United Nations Strategic Development Goals of ecosystem sustainability, global food security, and equitable health care.




Meetings and Projects





 OH-SS Launch Press Release

OH-SS Launch Questionnaire Results

1-8-18 OH-SS Launch Meeting Notes


              Survey:  Why is this important to you?

                   1-8-18 OH-SS Launch Meeting Slides


Meeting History

1-8-18 11 a.m. EST OH-SS Launch Meeting Recording

1-8-18 11 p.m. EST OH-SS Launch Meeting Recording

2-12-18 OH-SS Meeting Notes, Slides, Recording Link

3-19-18 OH-SS Meeting Notes, Slides, Recording Link

5-7-18 OH-SS Meeting Notes, Slides, Recording Link

6-11-18 OH-SS Meeting Notes, Slides, Recording Link

7-16-18 OH-SS Meeting Notes, Slides, Recording Link

9-17-18 OH-SS Meeting Notes, Slides, Recording Link

10-30-18 OH-SS Meeting Notes, Slides, Recording Link

1-28-19 OHSS Meeting Notes, Slides, Recording Link

Next Meeting May 17, 2019  10:00 am Eastern Daylight Time.

Contact for more information:


1. One Health - Social Sciences Webinar Series, in perpetual celebration of One Health Day

The One Health Social Sciences (OH-SS) Initiative hosted a free webinar series to feature inspirational speakers addressing the role of the social sciences in advancing animal, human, and environmental health systems.

November 30, 2018  Helping People Make Healthy Decisions in a One Health World

Moderator:  Laura Streichert, PhD, MPH

Presenter:  Craig Stephen, DVM, PhD

Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre


Recording (Click Register to start the recording)


December 11, 2018  Overcoming Barriers to a Collaborative and Trans-disciplinary One Health Approach

Moderator:  Laura Streichert, PhD, MPH

Introductory Slides (click link)

Presenter: Bernadette Dunham, DVM, PhD, George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA

Presentation Slides - Part I 

Presentation Slides - Part II 

Recording  (Click Register to start the recording)


January 15, 2019  Addressing Gender Issues in One Health and Infectious Disease Preparedness

Moderator: Laura Streichert, PhD, MPH

Introductory Slides 


Brigitte Bagnol, PhD, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Bagnol Slides

Janetrix Hellen Amuguni, DVM, MA, PhD, USAID One Health Workforce Senior Technical Lead-Africa

Amuguni Slides

Recording (Click Register to start the recording)


February 26, 2019 El Enforque de "Una Salud" en Latinoamerica: Peru y Mexico

                                  A focus on "One Health" in Latin America: Peru and Mexico

Moderator: Helena Chapman, MC, MPH, PhD, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow

NASA Applied Sciences Program, Washington DC, USA


Veronica Ormea, DVM MSc, Research Associate, Institute Tropical Medicine Alexander von Humboldt (IMTAvH), Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH) , Lecturer in Veterinary Medicine, Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC), Lima, Peru


Bernardo Moreno, MD, MSc, Special Projects Coordinator, AIDS Healthcare Foundation

Mexico City, Mexico


Recording (Click Register to start the recording)


2. OH-SS Initiative Small Working Groups

a. OH-SS Publications Working Group

Co-Chairs    Helena Chapman -

Victor del Rio Vilas -


The publications working group (PWG) focuses on advocacy. The PWG aims to communicate the relevance of integrating social sciences and One Health, and to disseminate good practices, benchmarks, and success stories on this copula.


  • To compile a comprehensive list of potential peer- and non-peer reviewed publication venues that would support multidisciplinary collaborative papers
  • To disseminate scientific papers to peer- and non-peer reviewed national and international journals
    • Letters to Editor, Perspectives/Commentaries, Reviews, Original Research
  • To strengthen the network of social scientists who are interested to learn more about One Health and represent diverse specialties and geographies
  • To investigate local, national, and international agencies, organizations, and universities that can provide venues to present oral or poster presentations on One Health topics
    • University seminars or symposiums, Local community events, National or international conferences

Outcome One

Potential Places to publish One Health–Social Science related topics




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