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One Health Education Task Force

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     At the first ever in-person One Health Commission (OHC) Board meeting there was consensus that education should be a major focus of the Commission and the One Health Education Task Force (OHETF) thus formed. The One Health Initiative (OHI) Autonomous pro bono team was invited to participate and Dr. George Lueddeke of the United Kingdom was invited to serve as Task Force Chair. [See his 2016 book, Global Population Health and Well-Being in the 21st Century in which he discovered and championed One Health as a central strategy for achieving the United Nations Strategic Development Goals 2030 and his 2019 book, Survival: One Health,One Planet, One Future].

The 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, initially K-12 (later expanding 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). 

        The response in 2016 from individuals and organizations from around the world was heartening. The OHETF developed an online OH Education survey with input from internationally-recognized reviewers and press release respondents were invited to complete the survey.  Results were used to organize an online OH Education Conference held on November 18, 2016 (see conference agenda and summary below) in which additional input was sought from attendees.

Recent Events 2019:

Expansion to International One Health for One Planet Education (1HOPE) Initiative

Want to get involved?  Contact George Lueddeke

Summary of 1HOPE Online Organizational Meetings / Next Steps


1HOPE Project Overview, Aims


One Health Education Purpose 




Background Materials


Lueddeke's Call for One Health Education (2016) One Health Education Concept Paper (2016)
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Extending ‘Community of Life’ Chances in an Era of Achieving the UN-2030 Sustainable Development Goals through the ‘One World, One Health’ Concept: Complexity, Uncertainty, and Instability


2016 One Health Education Press Release

One Health Education Pre-Conference Survey Summary


Invitational Pre-proposal Conference on One Health K-12 Education

One Health Education Online Conference, November 2016

Conference Slides


Published Conference Summary

Conference Recording

(2 hours long)

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

George R. Lueddeke, MEd, PhD     Chair, Task Force                    Biography

Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP                    One Health Initiative Team                  Biography

Bruce Kaplan, DVM                        One Health Initiative Team    Biography



Rosina C. (Tammi) Krecek, MS, PhD  MAP                                            Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine                    Biography

Joann M. Lindenmayer, DVM, MPH            Chair, Board of Directors                              One Health Commission                     Biography

Laura Schoenle, MEd, PhD   Postdoctoral Scholar                Hamilton College and University of  Florida                                      Biography

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

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



Additional Team members coming.



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