Redefining the One Health worker: Eight years of lessons learned on the frontlines of workforce development

Meeting Organizer

United States Agency for International Development

Marilyn Crane

Sudarat Damrongwatanapokin

Contact Person : Marilyn Crane,

30 January 2018
09:00 - 17:30 hrs.
Venue : LOTUS SUITE 12

Closed Meeting Invitation Only


Diseases that move between humans and animals require a workforce that can efficiently and effectively coordinate and collaborate across human, animal and environmental health sectors A “One Health” Workforce requires: 1) sector-specific technical competencies that meet international standards and requirements; 2) multisectoral or ‘One Health’ competencies that give personnel the skills and knowledge to work across sectors effectively; and 3) the operational capacity within institutions and organizations to support multisectoral work. Effective multi-sectoral workforce transformation requires that academic institutions are responsive to national workforce needs and can work effectively across sectors to support a unified approach to workforce transformation. The workshop will feature a combination of plenary sessions and breakout work to address the following key questions: 1. How have OHW project country partners in Africa and Southeast Asia worked with national governments to identify workforce needs? What workforce planning approaches and methodologies have been conducted across the networks? 2. How has work done to date in OHW redefined One Health worker/workforce needs? What are the current priorities for One Health workforce transformation? 3. What have we learned over the past eight years of One Health education and training conducted under the USAID RESPOND and OHW projects? 4. As global partners seeking to build a resilient workforce, where do we go from here? How can we foster innovation in education and training to meet global workforce needs?


Participants will: 1. Be aware of various workforce planning approaches and methodologies employed by the networks to understand national workforce needs. 2. Utilize existing evidence gathered from both regions to identify strategic priorities for education and training initiatives both globally and in One Health Network countries. 3. Understand network supported university programs and initiatives that are currently supporting workforce transformation efforts. 4. Discuss how existing workforce needs can/ should inform strategic education and training initiatives employed by regional networks and global partners. 5. Organize collaborative teams to pilot innovative education and training ideas to meet priority workforce needs.