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JPA Health's Connectability Score Exposes Gaps In Global Health

By Outlook Planet Desk November 02, 2023

The report, endorsed by WHO, highlights a pressing need for greater collaboration between influential global stakeholders in human, animal, and environmental health

JPA Health's Connectability Score Exposes Gaps In Global Health
The report highlights a pressing need for greater collaboration between these sectors and warns of the consequences of continued disconnection. Shutterstock
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In a ground-breaking report titled "One World, One Health: Exploring the Connectability between Human, Animal, and Environmental Health," JPA Health has uncovered alarming disparities in communication and cooperation among influential global stakeholders in human, animal, and environmental health.

The report, endorsed by the World Health Organisation and the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, highlights a pressing need for greater collaboration between these sectors and warns of the consequences of continued disconnection.

Professor Michael Lairmor, Distinguished Professor (Emeritus) and Former Dean at UC Davis, who contributed to the report, stated, "We hope this analysis catalyses change, igniting conversations and inspiring collaborative action towards a future where One Health is embraced as the foundation for addressing the complex health challenges of our time.

Using its insights tool, GRETEL®, JPA Health assessed the connections and influence between organisations and individuals, revealing the following key findings:

1. Isolation in the One Health Conversation: The report indicates that One Health stakeholders predominantly engage with one another, neglecting critical stakeholders across the animal, human, and environmental health sectors.

2. Climate and Conservation Stakeholders Largely Absent: While animal and human health stakeholders are active in One Health discussions (with connect scores of 2.76 and 1.44, respectively), climate and conservation stakeholders show minimal engagement (with connectability scores of 0.21 and 0.33, respectively). 

3. Policy Disconnect in the United States: Policymakers, even in one of the most influential nations, are primarily detached from the One Health conversation, with a dismal Connectability Score of 0.11.

Carrie Jones, CEO of JPA Health, emphasised the situation's urgency: "We're urging business leaders to set a precedent, championing cross-sector communication and a shared commitment to a healthier world. This isn't just a moral obligation; it's a strategic necessity for sustainable, long-term business success."

JPA Health's analysis identifies multiple avenues for addressing these gaps, including integrated policies, targeted communication campaigns, stronger cross-sector partnerships, and more inclusive efforts.

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