One Health Education Initiatives - Overview - One Health Commission

One Health Education Initiatives - Overview

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The Commission's One Health Education Task Force  (OHETF, See activities below)

Education has always been a major focus of the One Health Commission and a One Health Education Task Force (OHETF) was formed in May, 2015.  The One Health Initiative (OHI) Autonomous pro bono team was invited to participate and in January, 2016 Dr. George Lueddeke of the United Kingdom was invited to serve as Task Force Chair.


Bat Rabies Education Team (BRET)

Simultaneous to establishing the International OHETF, the One Health Commission created a Bat Rabies Education Team (BRET) focused on raising awareness among children, parents and teachers in the Americas about the value of bats and how to both protect them and stay safe around them as they can potentially be infected with rabies. See current BRET activities.



One Health Education-US (OHE-US) Team

The bat rabies education efforts served as precursors to establishment in late 2017 of a sub-group of the OHETF, the         One Health Education-US (OHE-US) Team, that began working to bring wider education about One Health and One Health issues to children in the US by introducing the concept to K-12 teachers through conference contributions and with One Health publications in professional teacher journals.



In July 2018 the OHE-US presented three One Health teacher workshops at the US National Science Teachers Association STEM conference and began an online compilation of One Health Educational Resources (for primary and secondary levels) that were already available but not widely known or publicized.


Free Primary / Secondary (K-12) One Health Educational Resources


Higher Ed One Health Education Opportunities



It also created an online One Health Opportunities webpage listing higher One Health education programs around the world.

See additional current OHE-US initiatives.


Activities of the Inaugural One Health Education Task Force (OHETF)


Leuddeke's Call for One Health Education (2016)

One Health Education Concept Paper (2016)

The One Health Education Task Force proposed that the Commission, in partnership with interested individuals / organizations, develop a strong proposal seeking funding to establish a global One Health Education program that would provide funds to prepare teachers, from primary-secondary (K-12) to undergrad and graduate faculty, to develop and teach One Health Education courses, programs, and materials.  Calls for a global One Health education platform were made in a concept paper, Preparing Society to create the world we need through ‘One Health’ education   (May 2016) and a Press Release (June 2016). 

2016 One Health Education Press Release

One Health Education Pre-Conference Survey Summary

The response to the press release from individuals and organizations from around the world was heartening. With input from internationally-recognized reviewers, the OHETF developed an online OH Education survey for individuals already familiar with One Health. Press release respondents were invited to complete the survey.  Results were used to organize an online OH Education Conference held on November 18, 2016.


One Health Education Online Conference

November 18, 2016


Conference Slides

Executive Summary of the Conference            Published Report 

Conference Recording   (2 hours long)

Lueddeke, G. R., Kaufman, G. E., Lindenmayer, J. M. and Stroud, C. M. (2017)Preparing society to create the world we need through‘One Health’education, South Eastern European Journal of Public Health (SEEJPH). doi: 10.4119/seejph-1858


Conference Conclusions

One Health is a pathway not only to the UN SDGs and planetary health, but also to Global Security. Health and well-being are profoundly embedded in and dependent on the stability of global governments.

As the last 10-15 years have shown, it can be very difficult to introduce One Health concepts to already established systems. But K-12 children will be our future global leaders. How do we help them understand the severity of what is going on right now in the world? What is restraining us from doing new things like taking One Health education and concepts to young children?

We need to change today’s mindset/paradigm of using up our global resources without regard for the health and well-being of our planet because future generations will depend on Mother Earth.  How do we get individuals, governments and corporate bodies to think more holistically and sustainably about the health and well-being of people, animals and the planet? 

There is much work to do to make One Health the default way of doing business around the world. Children and One Health are our ‘Ray of Hope’ for the future.


Inaugural One Health Education Task Force (2015)



George R. Lueddeke, MEd, PhD

Inaugural Chair, One Health Education Task Force

Co-Creator, 1HOPE Initiative




Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP

One Health Initiative Team



Cheryl M. Stroud, DVM, PhD                   Executive Director, One Health Commission 

Co-Creator, 1HOPE Initiative


Joann M. Lindenmayer, DVM, MPH   

Chair (2014-2018), Board of Directors, One Health Commission                  Biography


Laura Schoenle, MEd, PhD



A. Lee Willingham, DVM, PhD    Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine                       Biography



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