In a joint statement, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announced they would work together to address issues related to the health of humans, animals, and the environment. The announcement comes ahead of the inaugural One Health Day, scheduled to be held on November 3.
The two organizations plan to collaborate on areas in which they overlap, including:
- Healthy pets as members of healthy households
- Health of people as tied to the safety and quality of the food they consume
- Animals in the service of people
- Zoonotic disease
- Environments and lifestyle choices impacting people and animals
- Responsible use of antimicrobials and antimicrobial resistance
- Professional wellness
“By working collaboratively on initiatives that build bridges across disciplines, and by serving as valuable sources of information for each other, we can protect, promote, and advance the health of all members of our communities—human and animal. Our associations are committed to creating such opportunities.”
— excerpt from AVMA/AAP joint statement
One Health Day is an international campaign held on November 3 to raise awareness for the need for One Health interactions. It is coordinated by the One Health Commission, the One Health Initiative, and the One Health Platform Foundation.