This timely book reframes the historic narrative of people, animals, and nature as risks to each other, to one where we think about health as a shared capacity. This new narrative promotes the positive contributions made to health across species and generations and addresses growing calls to shift from a reactive to proactive approach in One Health.
Editor Craig Stephen takes the reader on a tour of the situations wherein we can all, regardless of our job description, work across species, sectors, and generations to motivate action. Perspectives and methods from a variety of fields and experts are shared and adapted to promote collaborative understanding of and action on determinants of health at the animal-society interface. Case studies demonstrate that the principles and practices presented are feasible, empowering people to make choices that concurrently benefit the health of animals, societies, and ecosystems.
The first book to adapt and explain health promotion, harm reduction, and health equity issues in a One Health context, and in terms of animal health, this is necessary reading for students of and practitioners working in planetary health, conservation, ecohealth, public health, health promotion, veterinary medicine, and animal welfare.
Table of Contents
Part 1 - Making the case for health and reciprocal care
- The call to action - Craig Stephen
- Whose health? - Craig Stephen
- Health equity in One Health - Maya Gislason and Craig Stephen
- Health promotion as a foundation for reciprocal care and collective action - Craig Stephen and Christa Gallagher
- Working together for WHOLE systems: approaching well-being and health, while oriented to living-systems and equity – Margot Parkes
- Harm reduction for reciprocal care – Craig Stephen
- Building health surveillance for decision support at the animal, human, environment nexus – John Berezowski, Luis Pedro Carmo, Craig Stephen,
- Traversing the Eco-Healthscape: the final frontier in understanding shared determinants of health at the animal-society interface – Colin Robertson
- Helping people make healthy decisions for themselves, animals, and nature – Craig Stephen
- Expanding the concept of healthy public policy for animals, health, and society – Craig Stephen
- Practical approaches to leadership and One Health – David Butler-Jones
- Bridging the knowing to doing gap to support One Health action – Craig Stephen
- Complex systems thinking in health –David Stephen, Craig Stephen, Luis Pedro Carmo, John Berezowski
- Everything is connected: integrating First Nations perspectives and connection to land into population health reporting - Lindsay Beck, Daniele Behn-Smith, Maya Gislason, Dawn Hoogeveen, Harmony Johnson, Krista Stelkia, Evan Adams, Perry Kendall, Bonnie Henry
- Conserving nature for health protection and climate change resilience – Colleen Duncan, Tricia Fry
- Managing zoonotic disease in wildlife populations: priorities and pitfalls of the human connection - Todd K. Shury, Ryan K. Brook, Pushpakumara D. B. Nihal
- Navigating social norms and animal welfare in hunted animals. – Pierre-Yves Daoust
- Healthy animals for sustainable livelihoods and poverty alleviation – Craig Stephen
- Application of harm reduction thinking to the conservation of uncharismatic species – Joy Wade
- A Caribbean call to action: behavior change strategies to reduce local plastic waste - Luis Cruz-Martinez, Lui-Pablo Hervé-Claude, Craig Stephen
- Living with rats: could an ecosystem lens provide new insights into urban rat control? – Cheslea Gardner Himsworth
- Making a case for harm reduction in invasive species management: the St. Kitts ‘monkey problem’ – Christa Gallagher
- Socio-economic and behavioral dimensions of antimicrobial use and resistance in animals - E. Jane Parmley, Irene Lambraki, Shannon E. Majowicz, Carolee Carson
Part 2 – Core Concepts
Part 3 - Actions and applications
Craig Stephen has been working at the interface of human, animal, and environmental health for over 25 years. He most recently was a Professor at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan and a Clinical Professor at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. He has held a variety of adjunct and affiliate academic positions including as an adjunct professor at the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Craig is a veterinarian and epidemiologist who has held a variety of One Health leadership positions including being the founding president and director of the Centre for Coastal Health, the scientific director of the Animal Determinants of Emerging Diseases Research Network, the Scientific Director of the British Columbia Occupational and Environmental Health Network, a Canada Research Chair in Integrating Human and Animal Health and the CEO of the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative. His work has focussed on applying population health principles to a variety of human, wildlife, fish and domestic animal populations dealing with issue from food sustainability and poverty reduction to conservation to emerging environmental threats.
"Animals, Health and Society is the perfect book for this moment in time—one of those rare moments when we have an opportunity to collectively and collaboratively reframe destruction into creative destruction and reorganization. Where some see only ends, these authors would have us consider beginnings. This book should be required reading for any aspiring physicians, veterinarians, natural resource managers and public health workers."
-- David Waltner-Toews BSc DVM PhD, Professor Emeritus of Population Medicine, University of Guelph
"Dr. Craig Stephen’s Animals, Health and Society is a must read for anyone interested in One Health – which should be all of us. Instead of dwelling on the doom of climate change, the book is a call to action by outlining both the theoretical and practical approaches to improve our health, the health of animals, and the health of the world around us; and how the connection between the three will move us forward. The book outlines how One Health thinking is capable of solving a complex range of problems such as living with city rats, antimicrobial resistance, and the St. Kitts "monkey problem", among many others. Readers are guided through complex issues of climate change, human equity, and cultural considerations and are given practical tips on affecting real change in our world."
-- Alexandra Protopopova, NSERC/BC SPCA Industrial Research Chair in Animal Welfare and Assistant Professor, Animal Welfare Program, The University of British Columbia
"I don’t know which is more important: (1) The need for everyone to appreciate and understand that humans, animals, and the environment are inextricably interconnected, (2) The need to act upon that reality, with energy and newfound hope, or (3) The superbly organized, well-written, and useful material contained in this much-needed book, which provides the tools needed to accomplish (1) and (2). Of course, they’re all important! The publisher, the contributors, and Dr. Craig Stephen are to be congratulated for putting together a crucial tool for understanding our predicament — which we share with all the planet’s inhabitants — and for showing us a way forward, a monumental accomplishment that should be read and consulted by veterinarians, physicians, environmentalists, politicians, and in fact, everyone!"
-- David P. Barash, Professor of Psychology Emeritus, University of Washington and author, most recently, of Threats: Intimidation and its Discontents (Oxford University Press).