ONE HEALTH INSTITUTEAt its core, there is a simple idea that’s been around for thousands of years: health for all of us – people, animals, places – depends on thinking about all of us as a system, as one.
These are the beliefs that keep us grounded and honest. We always go back to them when we’re thinking about new projects and ideas. Are we proceeding in ways true to what we believe? We are committed to never tucking these words in a dusty file drawer. Though we do share with our global One Health partners the ultimate goal of health for animals, people, and places, our three foundational principles (systems thinking, communities creating health, and co-creative design thinking), in combination, set us apart from other One Health Institutes. We hope to share our innovative approach with One Health partners in the Americas and around the globe. We’re committed to living these principles through our work and actions.
We see the whole picture. Together, we can create the futures we desire. We engage our partners and vibrant academic community as they search for the relationships and outcomes that create health. When we consider and value diverse perspectives, looking across disciplines, professions, and sectors, the power of collaboration can inspire the futures we wish to birth.
We work together. The One Health Institute at CSU is growing through financial support from all eight colleges and the Office of the Vice President for Research. Land-grant roots inspire us to work hard and collaboratively toward health through interdisciplinary research, learning, and discovery that welcomes, and thrives because of, diverse ideas and talents.
We don’t work to fight disease. We seek to create health. It’s a positive and proactive movement toward a healthier tomorrow, and it takes diverse people, many new ideas, and many ways of thinking about old ideas.
To benefit the health of animals, peoples, and environments by collaborating across boundaries in a way that sees and integrates the whole system
Our principles inform three key foundational programs. Each Program features projects that join the views, expertise, and talents of many different educational, research, service, and extension partners. We bring together diverse people who are committed to working together in a sustained way. Our teams work as communities and strive to see the whole picture.
We focus on the interdependent relationship between Food Systems and the health of humans, animals and the environment. Within these relationships, we see space for discovery, change, and health. Think about a future where: communities are empowered to make effective decisions to support community health, we understand how food systems empower community health, and we address rural food deserts.
We focus on the interdependent relationship between Environmental Change and the health of humans, animals and the environment. Within these relationships, we see space for discovery, change, and health. Think about a future where: society is resilient, thriving, and proactive; clean renewable energy supports health; and energy production is optimized for health.
We focus on the interdependent relationship between Urbanization and the health of humans, animals and the environment. Within these relationships, we see space for discovery, change, and health. Think about a future where: healthier communities thrive; there is ample access to nature in the city; and there is transition toward sustainable, reliable, regenerative communities.