Developing a Global One Health Workforce: The “Rx One Health Summer Institute” Approach

Amanda M. Berrian, Michael Wilkes, Kirsten V Gilardi, Woutrina Smith, Patricia A. Conrad, Paulina Zielinska Crook, James S Cullor, Thierry Nyatanyi, Martin H. Smith, Rudovick Kazwala, Jonna A Mazet

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Abstract

The One Health approach has gained support across a range of disciplines; however, training opportunities for professionals seeking to operationalize the interdisciplinary approach are limited. Academic institutions, through the development of high-quality, experiential training programs that focus on the application of professional competencies, can increase accessibility to One Health education. The Rx One Health Summer Institute, jointly led by US and East African partners, provides a model for such a program. In 2017, 21 participants representing five countries completed the Rx One Health program in East Africa. Participants worked collaboratively with communities neighboring wildlife areas to better understand issues impacting human and animal health and welfare, livelihoods, and conservation. One Health topics were explored through community engagement and role-playing exercises, field-based health surveillance activities, laboratories, and discussions with local experts. Educational assessments reflected improvements in participants’ ability to apply the One Health approach to health and disease problem solving, as well as anticipate cross-sectoral challenges to its implementation. The experiential learning method, specifically the opportunity to engage with local communities, proved to be impactful on participants’ cultural awareness. The Rx One Health Summer Institute training model may provide an effective and implementable strategy by which to contribute to the development of a global One Health workforce.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalEcoHealth
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • Competency-based curriculum
  • Experiential learning
  • Interprofessional education
  • One Health
  • Professional development
  • Program evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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