One Health

One Health is connecting human, animal, and environmental health

What is One Health?

One health is the concept that the health of humans, animals, plants, and the environment are all inextricably linked, and that a change in one domain will affect the others. One Health looks to balance these efforts to optimize the health and viability of all three. 

The One Health approach is unique in bringing together human, veterinary, and environmental health professionals to address shared health concerns. These concerns include harmful algal blooms, antimicrobial resistance and stewardship, rabies and other infectious diseases, and food safety and security. By approaching these topics from a One Health lens, we are better able to leverage resources and create lasting, impactful, and sustainable solutions for mutual health concerns.

  1. Zoonotic Diseases
  2. Foodborne Illness
  3. Harmful Algal Blooms
  4. Guidance & Resources

What is a Zoonotic Disease?

A zoonotic disease is an infectious disease that can be spread between animals and humans in a number of different ways. This includes direct contact with sick or infectious animals, by contact with contaminated objects, through food or water, and vectors such as fleas, ticks, and mosquitos. Many of these diseases, when diagnosed in humans, are reportable to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Response team. 

If you have a question about a zoonotic disease call the Epidemiology Hotline at  
877-427-7317 for immediate assistance.

Vector Borne Diseases