One health zoonotic disease prioritization and systems mapping: An integration of two One Health tools

Kate Varela, Grace Goryoka, Agus Suwandono, Michael Mahero, Linda Valeri, Katey Pelican, Stephanie J. Salyer

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One Health is a collaborative approach that requires synergies between human, animal and environmental health sectors, other key sectors, and partners supporting these capacity-building efforts. Multiple One Health capacity-building tools are available that can be used independently or together. Two tools that have been used in sequence to inform each other include the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's One Health Zoonotic Disease Prioritization (OHZDP) Process and University of Minnesota/US Department of Agriculture's One Health Systems Mapping and Analysis Resource Toolkit™ (OH-SMART). In August 2017, a workshop was held in Islamabad, Pakistan, that integrated these two tools for the first time. In this integrated workshop, we used the OHZDP to develop a list of priority zoonotic diseases for Pakistan and OH-SMART™ to conduct a partner assessment and disease-specific gap analysis. Both tools were used to identify areas for One Health collaboration for the priority zoonotic diseases. Additionally, we trained 11 in-country facilitators representing the human and animal health sectors on both tools. This manuscript describes the integration of these two tools—using the Pakistan workshop as a process case study—to inform future efforts to implement One Health tools synergistically. Implementation of the technical and logistical aspects of the integrated workshop was detailed: (1) workshop preparation, (2) facilitator training, (3) workshop implementation and (4) workshop outcomes. Sixteen months after the workshop, we conducted an in-country facilitator survey to follow-up on the utility of both tools and the training for facilitators. We evaluated facilitator survey results using a qualitative analysis software Atlas.ti. Using the OHZDP Process and OH-SMART™ together achieved continuity between the two processes and provided a professional development opportunity for in-country facilitators. Based on the success of this integrated workshop, partners developing and implementing One Health tools should recognize the importance of collaboration to maximize outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)146-159
Number of pages14
JournalZoonoses and Public Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2023

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  • One Health
  • operational tools
  • prioritization
  • systems mapping
  • zoonoses

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