ADVANCE infectious diseases pharmacy through collaboration, research and education and LEAD antimicrobial stewardship to OPTIMIZE the care of patients with infections in every practice setting

SIDP advocates a One Health approach to antimicrobial stewardship initiatives. A One Health approach recognizes the interconnection between people, animals, plants, and the environment. This approach encompasses many issues such as anticipating, preventing, and controlling diseases that spread between humans and animals, preventing and addressing  antimicrobial resistance, and improving food safety.

What is One Health?

One Health is an approach that recognizes health is interconnected between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment.

The CDC defines One Health as a "collaborative, multisectoral, and transdisciplinary approach-working at the local, regional,  national, and global levels-with the goal of achieving optimal health outcomes recognizing the interconnection between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment."

Why is One Health important?

60% of pathogens (or germs)      that cause disease in humans    originate from animals

  • An increasing number of people in close contact with 

    both domestic and wild animals can lead to more

    diseases passed between animals and people

250,000 additional deaths  per year expected from climate change between 2030 and 2050

  • Climate change and changes in land use can disrupt 

    environments and lead to more disease in animals

    71% of U.S. adults have traveled abroad at some point in their lives, which increases the risk of exposure to infectious pathogens

    • Increased movement of people, animals, and animal 
        products via international travel and trade can lead 

        to a rapid spread of diseases around the world

    What are common One Health issues?

    Common One Health issues include:

    • Zoonotic diseases - Diseases that spread between animals and people
    • Vector-borne diseases - Diseases that are transmitted to humans and other animals by blood-feeding arthropods, such as mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas
    • Antimicrobial resistance - Antimicrobial-resistant pathogens can quickly spread between the environment, animals, and people making it harder to treat certain infections
    • Food safety and security - Diseases and pests in plants and animals used for food can threaten people, livelihoods, and economies
    • Environmental contamination - Contamination of water can make people and animals sick
    • Climate change - Disruptions in the environment, such as deforestation, can result in diseases passing to animals

    The Foundation of One Health

    Amongst professionals in:

    • Human health (e.g., physicians, nurses, pharmacists, public health practitioners, epidemiologists)
    • Animal health (e.g., veterinarians, agricultural workers)
    • Environmental health (e.g., ecologists, wildlife experts)
    • Others

    Goals of a One Health Approach

    According to the CDC, the One Health approach can:

    • Prevent outbreaks of zoonotic disease in animals and people
    • Improve food safety and security
    • Reduce antimicrobial-resistant infections and improve human and animal health
    • Protect global health security
    • Protect biodiversity and conservation

    Educational Materials

    SIDP One Health Education Handouts

           One Health Overview for Patients


    One Health Overview for Providers



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