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University of Alaska Fairbanks: Approaches to Operationalizing One Health

Learn how to put One Health into practice. While One Health is broadly accepted as an approach to understanding issues at the interface of human, animal, and environmental health, its interdisciplinary nature can make operationalizing the approach challenging. Students will learn how to use several tools in a community-based participatory approach to build solutions from the bottom up. Such an approach improves the likelihood of sustainable success and it engages the support and priorities of the communities involved at every step.

4 weeks
4–6 hours per week
Progress at your own speed
Optional upgrade available

About this course

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One Health is well accepted as an approach to understand issues at the interface of human, animal, and environmental health. This work requires cross cultural and interdisciplinary collaborative efforts that utilize several strategies while prioritizing community involvement. With this approach a broad and simultaneously deep knowledge base can be developed. Such a constructionist approach to problem solving can support tremendous understanding of problems at their root causes, but this process is often associated with challenges that make operationalizing One Health difficult. In this course students will learn what toolkits are available and widely used, their strengths and shortcomings, and how to implement them to put One Health concepts into practice.

Five different tools will be described and practiced to enhance the approach, understanding, and implementation of each platform. Each of these tools will be reviewed and discussed in how they are used from a community-based participatory approach.

By the end of this course students will have the opportunity to apply what they have learned through all three One Health courses by choosing an issue that they themselves have seen or experienced. They will create their own personalized portfolio that will allow them to apply their understanding of One Health, and utilize the skills and toolkits attained to build a sustainable mitigation plan.

At a glance

  • Institution: AlaskaX
  • Subject: Health & Safety
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Prerequisites:
    1. One Health: A Ten Thousand Year-Old View into the Future
    2. Pathways to Exploring and Understanding One Health

What you'll learn

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Students who complete this course will:

  • Discuss how/why Toolkits can be useful

  • Determine the effectiveness of toolkits as a resource

  • Learn the basic operation of some One Health toolkits

  • Identify ways that toolkits can collaborate

  • Know how to use information learned in One Health courses to apply to life

  • Put together a portfolio and sustainability plan on an issue that will be assessed.

  • Understand the basic concepts associated with active listening and be able to implement this skill in their work with others within and across their discipline and culture.

  • Understand the importance of Emotional Intelligence and Cultural Awareness in effective and respectful communication and know where to go to improve their cultural awareness for a given situation

  • Understand the dos and don’ts of building and maintaining effective and respectful relationships with communities they work with.

  • Understand how to use a community-based participatory approach to define the local community’s perspective of a One Health issue.

  • Learn the value and use of structured decision making

  • Learn the basic principles behind and some applications of the OH-SMART tool.

  • Identify Knowledge Holders and stakeholders that play roles in understanding and addressing a One Health issue.

  • Know how to build open-ended questions for interviewing Knowledge Holders and stakeholders

Week 1: Building Skills

  • Building skills that support success in One Health
  • Active listening
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Building and maintaining community relationships through a co-production of knowledge
  • Communicating across disciplines and cultures
  • Effective interviewing and building open-ended questions

Week 2: Community Based Approaches

  • Why community-based approaches are important
  • The role of the Citizen Scientist
  • How the LEO Network helps communities in a One Health Context

Week 3: Decision Tools: Stakeholder Engagement, Outcomes Assessment

  • Introduction to decision analysis and decision tools
  • Applications and case studies
  • Test questions/Discussion Board
  • CDC One Health Prioritization Workshop
  • What happens at a CDC One Health workshop?
  • Workshops: the strengthening of multisectoral collaborations
  • How prioritization workshops are useful for researchers and communities

Week 4: One Health Systems Mapping and Analysis Resource Toolkit (OH-SMART)

  • OH-SMART at the State, National, and Global Levels
  • Using community input to decide on which aspect of a One Health issue to work upon
  • Developing and stakeholder and knowledgeholder network
  • Using interviews to build a system map
  • Analyzing th system map
  • Developing an action plan

Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: Does UAF offer more One Health courses?

A: UAF has a One Health Masters Degree that can be taken online or in person.

This course is part of Understanding and Operationalizing One Health Professional Certificate Program

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Expert instruction
3 skill-building courses
Progress at your own speed
3 months
4 - 6 hours per week

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