Fostering greater cross-agency collaboration to improve one health in Minnesota
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
: 4:50 p.m. - 5:10 p.m.
The One Health movement seeks to foster interdisciplinary approaches to minimizing harms and maximizing benefits from the co-management of human, animal and environmental health. One Health approaches may involve different collaborative models across and within countries, but regardless of approach, the aim is to increase efficiency and effectiveness in managing health threats through cross-disciplinary collaboration. In Minnesota, the One Health approach is embodied by what some term the Minnesota Model, which highlights the interconnectedness between Minnesota's Department of Agriculture (MDA), Department of Health (MDH), Board of Animal Health (BAH), and the University of Minnesota in achieving greater food-borne disease surveillance. This model of collaboration across government agencies and academia is credited with making Minnesota one of the top states in detecting and responding to food borne disease outbreaks. The Department of Natural Resources has also been a key collaborator with the other state agencies in controlling wildlife disease risk to domestic animals and humans. The goal of this project was to pilot test in Minnesota the One Health Self-Assessment Guide developed by the Stone Mountain Working Group to evaluate the guide's applicability and utility for all relevant agencies. Data collection methodology involved the use of semi-structured key informant interviews, focus groups, surveys, organizational mapping, and in-person workshop. Preliminary themes identified for Minnesota's One Health success include proximity of agencies, strong personal relationships, and collaboration as an intuitive process.
Administration, management, leadership
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related public policy
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health
Define the context of One Health within Minnesota
Demonstrate a case example of One Health collaborations
Evaluate the One Health Self-Assessment guide for application to Minnesota
Keyword(s): Public Health Infrastructure, Public Policy
Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the principal investigator on a USAID funded project focusing on building capacity for emerging pandemic threats around the world as part of the USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats Program. I have been the principal or co-principal investigator on multiple grants focused on tick borne and zoonotic disease ecology.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed
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