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Learn about our work to advance a Just One Health approach through education, research, and policy.

Just One Health

A Just One Health approach places justice, primary prevention, and the connections between people, animals, and the planet at the heart of global and local policy, research, and practice.

Just One Health also aims to address global existential threats, including the climate crisis, pandemics, and ecosystem destruction. Learn more.

How we grow food and fiber, prioritize research and health interventions, and plan our communities threatens nature’s delicate balance, which humans and all other species depend on for survival.

We can do better.

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Just One Health Project ECHO

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to reality the importance of primary prevention, population health, and public health interventions that are focused on the interconnected health and wellbeing of people, animals, and the environment.

To address these global and local needs, we have partnered with Project ECHO to deliver free educational resources and expertise, training, and mentorship that can be used to inform community and public health interventions that are just, equitable, and recognize the closely connected rights, health, and wellbeing of people and animals through a Just One Health approach.

Participants in the Just One Health Project ECHO have included local and international academic, nonprofit, and community-based professionals and advocates from the fields of human and veterinary medicine, public health, journalism, and the biological, physical, and social sciences.

Participants have joined from multiple continents and small towns and big cities alike.

The series has been used by participants to identify and implement quality interventions in community settings, healthcare systems, legislation, and government. 

By partnering with Project ECHO, we join a global impact initiative to touch 1 billion lives by 2025.

If you are interested in learning more or partnering through the Just One Health Project ECHO, please contact us.

International Policy Work

One of our public policy priorities is to ensure that a Just One Health approach is reflected in the policy recommendations of intergovernmental organizations. Additionally, we help ensure that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include a Just One Health approach centered on rights, health, and wellbeing.

As a member of the NGO Major Group, Phoenix Zones Initiative is involved in the review and the implementation of the SDGs.

Phoenix Zones Initiative helped draft the NGO Major Group’s 2021 and 2022 Position Papers, which addresses how governments should implement the SDGs and related targets, and the role civil society can play in achieving the SDGs.

Phoenix Zones Initiative’s CEO, Dr. Hope Ferdowsian, was selected to advise on preparations for the UNHLPF on Sustainable Development. The HLPF is the UN’s core platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Goals.

Phoenix Zones Initiative is also an accredited organization of the UN Environment Program.

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Federal and Regional Policy

Through research, education, outreach, and cross-sectoral partnerships, Phoenix Zones Initiative works to include a Just One Health approach in federal and regional policy recommendations.

Our research has also shown a need for impact assessment tools and metrics that can be used by professionals, advocates, communities, and policymakers to determine the impact of proposed or existing extractive industries, industrial agriculture, infrastructure development, and attempts to address disease, health, and conservation. We are working with other experts to develop these tools and metrics.

We strive for a world in which individuals are not defined by their ability to produce economic value or by other historical systems of inequity.

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As a member of the Harvard FXB Health and Human Rights Consortium, Phoenix Zones Initiative helps publish open access to the Health and Human Rights Journal. Phoenix Zones Initiative’s CEO Dr. Hope Ferdowsian served as a guest editor for the December 2021 Health and Human Rights Journal issue.

A special section of the December 2021 journal issue focuses on innovative work in the area of ecological justice and the right to health.

Papers address:

  • intersections between social and environmental justice that impact the right to health;
  • relationships between the legal, political, and economic treatment of humans, other animals, and the natural environment;
  • how international frameworks such as the One Health Initiative and the Sustainable Development Goals could better address the right to health; and
  • the potential influence of expansive rights frameworks, including other than human rights, on human health outcomes.

These topics were also covered at our Ecological Justice and the Right to Health event.

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Support our work to advance the interconnected rights, health, and wellbeing of people, animals, and the planet through a Just One Health approach.

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