What is One Health?
One Health recognizes the interdependence of human, animal and environmental health, and that a holistic approach to the well-being of all will lead to improved health outcomes and enhanced resilience.
Veterinarians coined the term “One Health” to capture how relationships between humans, animals and the environment affect the spread of diseases. More than 70 percent of emerging human diseases are zoonotic, meaning they originate in animals. It’s a critical area of research, education and outreach.
One Health employs an interdisciplinary approach to problems. By seeking to treat root causes, it’s often more successful than traditional methods that focus on symptoms. The One Health paradigm has been endorsed by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Medical Association, the World Health Organization, the United Nations and the Arctic Council.
One Health concepts and ideas lie at the core of Indigenous worldviews and are inextricably linked to the development of a sustainable future in the Arctic.
At UAF, we define health as a state of individual and community well-being that encompasses
not only physical health but also mental, behavioral, emotional, cultural and spiritual
health. Every discipline at UAF can contribute vitally to building our One Health
We plan to create interdisciplinary teams to build research, education and outreach programs around a strong and inclusive One Health center.
- Improve our research capacity and more effectively promote well-being in the North.
- Build teams to create research, education and outreach programs around One Health.
- Create long-term funding opportunities through collaboration.
What's New with One Health?
April 30, 2019We would like to announce that on April 30th, 2019 the UAF One Health Initiative was approved to become the Center for One Health Research (COHR)
May 2, 2019Working in partnership with the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp., the HOP clinic willRead article
provide Bethel and area communities with spay and neuter surgeries. The clinic will
also treat some diseases and work to prevent disease transmission between humans
June 5, 2019In March 2019 UAF hosted an Alaska One Health meeting. By the end of the meeting the participants identified 13 major health issues that Alaska faces as a state. Learn more about joining these working groups!2019 COHR Working Groups
The goal of One Health Day is to build the cultural will necessary for a sea of change in how planetary health challenges are assessed and addressed. This international campaign is designed to engage individuals from as many arenas as possible in One Health education to generate an inspiring array of projects worldwide.
Coming soon: Details on UAF's participation in 2019 One Health Day!
Join us for this international conference with presentations, workshops and cultural exchanges discussing circumpolar north issues in a One Health context.
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