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“ ... Congress Approves Development of One Health Coordination Plan, Veterinary Funding Priorities

The One Health concept is a recognition that human, animal, and environmental health do not exist independently of each other but rather are deeply connected. An AVMA-backed provision that Congress passed and was enacted into law on Dec. 29, 2022, requires the development of a national One Health Framework. The framework’s aim is to coordinate federal activities in combating zoonotic disease outbreaks and to advance public health preparedness. The One Health language passed is taken from another bill, the Advancing Emergency Preparedness Through One Health Act (HR 2061/S 681), and directs the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to work with other relevant federal departments and agencies to develop a national One Health Framework to collaborate on preventing, detecting, controlling, and responding to zoonotic diseases. AVMA  ...”