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Institute for Human-Animal Connection

Global Initiatives

One Health

People, Animals and the environment

One Health expands the social work ecological model that focuses on persons-in-environment to include our life support system.

The One Health movement is a much-needed, interdisciplinary effort to formally address the forces relating to the relationship between humans, non-human animals and the natural environment that create, contribute to, and address problems of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty; equally as important, it addresses the ethical responsibility related disciplines share for advocating environmental conditions that fulfill basic human needs as well as promoting values that help to realize social justice.

Specifically, One Health is the means by which scholarly institutions, the social work profession and cooperating disciplines may proactively and with responsible jurisdiction come to terms with the critical and continual problems that arise when humans interact with animals and nature as environmental constructs, and when they don't.

One Health provides a unifying and global approach for coming to terms with problems centering on human-animal, human-nature, and human-human interactions.

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