January 25, 2021

One Health Month

January is #OneHealth Awareness Month. One Health is an approach that recognizes that the health of people is closely connected to the health of animals and our shared environment.

The Saint Louis Zoo Institute for Conservation Medicine (ICM) addresses the growing disease challenges that threaten the survival of wild animal species and that negatively impact human public health by using a One Health approach. The ICM team works to ensure the health of animals, humans and environments.  

Two examples of the ICM’s work include: 

  • Monitoring the health status of wildlife, domestic animals and humans in areas of the world where the growing human footprint, along with their domestic animals, moves closer to wildlife populations and into wild lands. 
  • Working to understanding disease issues that impact wildlife health and that may allow these species to serve as sentinels (indicators) of disease issues for humans and their domestic animals.  

The ICM was founded in 2011. Scientists with ICM serve as key members of One Health teams globally as they work to prevent health crises by monitoring animal health, responding to disease outbreaks and providing health care for endangered wildlife.