The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at the request of and in close collaboration with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and
the World Health Organization (WHO), hosted a meeting entitled Operationalizing “One Health”: A Policy Perspective—Taking Stock and Shaping an Implementation Roadmap in Stone Mountain, Georgia, USA, May 4-6, 2010. The Stone Mountain meeting was the latest in a series of One Health meetings organized by diverse global institutions with the intent of providing a forum for national and international specialists to focus on policies and implementation of a One Health approach to improving human and animal health.
The specific goal of the Stone Mountain meeting was to identify clear and concrete actions to move the concept of One Health from vision to implementation. Fifty-four select global leaders from government, non-government, academic, policy and economic sectors reviewed progress to date and identified key policy decisions and financial commitments necessary to support sustainability and expansion. To provide background for participants, the meeting began with a series of presentations about recent One Health events, followed by short panel presentations and in-depth discussions where speakers described their own experience in advancing the concept of One Health within their sector and/or country. Participants had the opportunity to comment on panel presentations during group discussion periods and provide their own perspective through small group sessions and activities. Meeting participants defined a 3-5 year vision of One Health encompassing four main areas: culture change, increased visibility, political will/financial support, and optimal coordinated efforts. Seven specific activities were identified as being critical steps in attaining the defined 3-5 year vision and separate workgroups were formed to address each of these activities. These workgroups include: Training: Develop and build skills, expertise,
and competencies through a One Health training curriculum, and identify opportunities to integrate One Health approaches into existing curricula. One Health Global Network (OHGN): Advocate and garner international support for One Health through a network that serves as a vehicle for further global collaboration on One Health programs. Information Clearing House: Promote One Health advocacy through a centralized area where One Health success stories and lessons learned are gathered and made available to a wide-ranging audience. Needs Assessment: Develop country-level self-assessment methods that will identify programmatic areas that could benefit from a One Health approach, and specific areas for targeting improvement. Capacity Building: Identify ways to leverage existing programs and capacity-building efforts to have a major impact at minimal cost. Proof of Concept: Demonstrate through a retrospective and prospective evidence base that the use of One Health interventions leads to better cross-species health outcomes. Business Plan: Articulate the concept of and rationale for One Health more clearly and present this information to policymakers and donors worldwide.
Each group was asked to develop One Health plans and partnerships that would occur within a designated timeframe. These workgroups will convene and continue their development to finalize their actions plans, develop timelines and carry out activities.