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What Is the One Health Paradigm All About (in a Nutshell—and More)?

August 8, 2016
The One Health Initiative is a movement to forge co-equal, all-inclusive collaborations between physicians, osteopathic physicians, veterinarians, dentists, nurses and other scientific-health and environmentally related disciplines, including the American Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Nurses Association, American Association of Public Health Physicians, the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S. National Environmental Health Association (NEHA). Additionally, more than 850 prominent scientists, physicians and veterinarians worldwide have endorsed the initiative.  The One Health concept is a worldwide strategy for expanding interdisciplinary collaborations and communications in all aspects of health care for humans, animals and the environment. The synergism achieved will advance health care for the 21st century and beyond by accelerating biomedical research discoveries, enhancing public health efficacy, expeditiously expanding the scientific knowledge base, and improving medical education and clinical care. When properly implemented, it will help protect and save untold millions of lives in our present and future generations.

The One Health Initiative team was originally established 2006-2007 and the One Health Initiative website, originated October 1, 2008 by the One Health Initiative team, has been called ‘the international clearing house for significant One Health information’ and recently by some the ‘New York Times of One Health.’ Its world-wide circulation has been strengthened by its up-to-date One Health News, Publications and Upcoming Events postings relative to animal, human and environmental health. It is currently estimated to be accessed each month by roughly 20,000 individual visitors from over 150 countries.” 

The One Health Initiative website now is known to have had at least 119 reciprocal links, like CEEZAD and others, from within the U.S. and internationally.  Further evidence of national and international One Health informational website status: among the recognized high profile search engines, the top ones, i.e., Google, Bing, Yahoo and others list the One Health Initiative website first or among the first when either “One Health Initiative” or “One Health” are typed in.

Some pertinent One Health textbooks to consider reading about One Health include:

The newest high profile book published and available this month was written by One Health Initiative team co-founder and internationally recognized leader, physician Dr. Laura H. Kahn, see One Health and the Politics of Antimicrobial Resistance: Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP.

For more updated NEWS, Publications and Upcoming Events information see


One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team: Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP ▪ Bruce Kaplan, DVM ▪ Thomas P. Monath, MD ▪ Lisa A. Conti, DVM, MPH

This blog was submitted inconsideration of the upcoming Animal Biotech Summit taking place September 21-23, 2016 in Bethesda, Maryland.


By Bruce Kaplan, DVMContents Manager/Editor One Health Initiative Website and Co-Founder One Health Initiative team/website