Making One Health a Reality - Crossing Bureaucratic Boundaries

Making One Health a Reality - Crossing Bureaucratic Boundaries

ABSTRACT A One Health approach requires that nontraditional

partners with differing mandates collaborate and communicate

effectively. Barriers to such redefined relationships range from

personality and institutional cultural and value differences to

impediments that require changes in agency-specific policies.

This article reviews interagency One Health collaborations,

nationally and internationally. It presents a series of case studies

that describe situations in which barriers were overcome, thus

culminating in successful One Health outcomes. The case

studies illustrate challenges, tipping points, and externally

enabling factors that help institutionalize cross-bureaucratic

working relationships. Likewise, the cases demonstrate the

added value of taking a One Health approach to solving (or

preventing) public health problems.

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