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When people work together for the good of every plant, animal and human on the planet, there’s a lot of good that can be accomplished for the benefit of all! One Health Day is part of a larger collaborative effort to build networks of people and organizations that will join together in making the world a healthier place for everyone. 

History of One Health Day

One Health Day was founded in 2016 through the efforts of the folks at the One Health Commission along with their various partners. The One Health Commission is a non-profit organization that was started in the United States in 2009, bringing together different stakeholders in the local, regional, national and international levels who are working in various sectors, including health for people, animals, plants and the environment they all share. 

Targeted toward professionals in a wide range of disciplines, One Health Day encourages the sharing of information and support to help overcome health challenges on a planetary level. This day brings worldwide attention to the collaborative efforts that have been going on through One Health, bringing inclusion for current efforts and inspiration for projects to come.

By the end of 2023, there were more than 950 One Health Day events that were registered since the launch of the event – and many more that weren’t registered but took place in celebration of the day.

How to Celebrate One Health Day

Anyone who is interested in any aspect of health can get involved with various aspects of One Health Day, getting started with some of these ideas:

Plan a One Health Day Event

Get connected with One Health Day by drawing community members together with an event that reaches students, professionals, lawmakers, scientists, business owners and others who represent a wide range of health concerns. These might include people in environmental health, human medicine, comparative medicine, food safety, molecular and microbiology, veterinary medicine, population health, zoology and so many others.

These events can include networking that encourages like-minded people from diverse backgrounds to meet, connect and dream about the ways that they can make a difference in the health of humans, animals and the environment at large. Schools, universities, medical centers, community centers and more might want to host different seminars, meet-and-greets, educational events and more that address the interconnectivity of human, animal and environmental health. And don’t forget to register any events at the One Health Day website!

Share One Health Day with Others

Individuals, businesses, organizations and anyone with a sphere of influence can celebrate One Health Day by spreading the word about the event. This can happen through workplace notifications, website announcements, social media campaigns, or good-old-fashioned word-of-mouth! Check out the One Health Day website to get access to various resources and logos to help promote the event. 

Compete in a One Health Day Event

Students from high schools, colleges and universities are encouraged to get involved with One Health Day by participating in one of their student competitions. Students must work on interdisciplinary teams, creating projects that promote the concepts supported by the One Health Commission. And some students may even win cash prizes!

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