January 2020 is One Health Awareness Month

January 2020 is One Health Awareness Month

01/01/2020

To promote collaboration between animal, environmental, plant and public health scientists, on December 19, 2019 the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan Senate Resolution 462 (S Res 462) introduced by Senators Dianne Feinstein (Democrat-California) and Martha McSally (Republican-Arizona) designating January 2020 as “National One Health Awareness Month” in the U.S.  See  Press Release.

Then, on January 14, 2020, US House Representatives Kurt Schrader and Ted Yoho introduced the same resolution H.Res.794. See Press Release.

To highlight these events the One Health Commission and Louisiana One Health in Action are leading a One Health Awareness Month Campaign that includes a 30-Day Social Media Challenge. See the One Health Awareness Month Guide  for ways to raise awareness about the importance of One Health during One Health Awareness Month.

The One Health Awareness Month Campaign was launched  December 31, 2019 on Facebook. It includes a 30-Day One Health Social Media Challenge. Start the new decade with positive One Health actions. Help us highlight #OneHealth around the world!

See the One Health Awareness Month Guide. Pick 1, 2, or all 3 of the suggested actions!

1. Connect – Reach out to media outlets, friends, family, colleagues, lawmakers. Share the S Res 462 press release and H.Res. 794 press release and  a personal story about the power of One Health.

2. Create – Participate in a January 2020 One Health Awareness Social Media Campaign. Use the One Health Awareness Month Calendar  to create a post each day using #OneHealth to raise awareness of the critical need for One Health. Search #OneHealth to comment and share other posts.

3. Educate – Do a presentation about One Health and One Health issues at a library, school, park, church, business etc. near you.

4. Contact your lawmakers to be sure they know about the importance of One Health. If you live in the U.S. be sure they know about the One Health Awareness Month Resolution and that they understand the importance of the U.S. One Health Act of 2019 pending in both Chambers of the U.S. Congress right now.

Follow the Social Media Challenge Calendar (page 3 in the Guide) for suggested items to post on 'your' social media networks each day in January 2020 to help the public understand the critical need for One Health in many arenas.

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