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One Health Education Task Force

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See Background / History of the One Health Commission's One Health Education Initiative below.

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One Health Primary/Secondary Educational Resources

One Health Higher Education Opportunities


Launch and Development of the One Health for One Planet Education (1HOPE) Initiative


1HOPE Project Overview, Aims

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We envision a world where people of all ages in civil and governmental organizations apply a One Health and Well-Being (OHWB) approach - recognising and respecting the inter-connections and inter-dependencies among humans, animals, plants and their shared environment – thereby collaboratively addressing the issues that face us all and striving to ensure the sustainability of the planet.

Main Aim:

To build and support global capacity for understanding and valuing the One Health & Well-Being concept and approach as the foundation for achieving the UN-2030 Sustainable Development Goals.


Creation in 2019 of the 1HOPE Initiative was informed by:

Report of the 2016 Survey and Web Conference on One Health K-12 Education

A 'Must Read' for all 1HOPE participants


Launch of the Initiative

April 11, 2019 Launch

June 4, 2019 Follow Up

Summary of Online Organizational Meetings (June-August, 2019)

September 13, 2019  Forming Working Groups

November 8, 2019  Forming Working Groups


Forming 1HOPE Working Groups

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1HOPE - P/S, (Primary/Secondary/K-12), Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Oceania

1HOPE - T (Tertiary, College/Universities), Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Oceania

1HOPE - C/CS (Community / Civil Society groups, includes NGOs), Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Oceania

1HOPE-GPA (Governance/Policy/Advocacy, including Inter-Gov Orgs) - Inter-regional

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Want to get involved? Contact:

George Lueddeke, Chair, 1HOPE Initiative

Cheryl Stroud cstroud@onehealthcommissionorg, Executive Director, One Health Commission, Co-Founder, 1HOPE

Bruce Kaplan,, Co-Founder, One Health Initiative pro bono team

Laura Kahn,, Co-Founder, One Health Initiative pro bono team



Background / History of the One Health Commission's

One Health Education Initiative, Formed 2015  


Education has always been a major focus of the One Health Commission and the 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. [See his November 2015 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, 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). 

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.

In collaboration with valued partners from the conference, the OHETF developed in 2017 two funding proposals. One focused on enabling school / education systems to prepare teachers, K-12 and beyond, including global lay communities, to integrate One Health / SDG values into curricula, principles and practice through pilot One Health-driven teacher workshops and programs. The other sought to increase direct involvement of civil society organisations (SSAs) in poverty reduction strategies underpinned by One Health and the UN-2030 SDGs.

Previous to establishing the International OHETF, the One Health Commission had created a Bat Rabies Education Team (BRET) focused on raising awareness among children, parents and teachers in the Americas about bats potentially being infected with rabies. Those efforts served as precursors to establishment in late 2017 of a sub-group of the OHETF, the One Health Education-US (OHE-US), with a view to raising the profile of One Health in the US through One Health publications in professional teacher journals and conference contributions. The OHE-US presented three One Health teacher workshops at the US National Science Teachers Association STEM conference in July 2018 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. It also created an online One Health Opportunities webpage listing higher One Health education programs around the world. Entries are continually posted by the global One Health Community for One Health Certifications, Masters and beyond programs.

Background Materials


Lueddeke's Call for One Health Education (2016)


One Health Education Concept Paper (2016)

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2016 One Health Education Press Release


One Health Education Pre-Conference Survey Summary


One Health Education Online Conference, November 2016

Conference Slides

Conference Report

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 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 (2015)


Chair, Task Force                          Co-Chair, 1HOPE

George R. Lueddeke, MEd, PhD Biography


Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP                  

One Health Initiative Team                  Biography

Co-Chair, 1HOPE

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


Joann M. Lindenmayer, DVM, MPH            

Immediate Past Chair, Board of Directors One Health Commission                Biography

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

Bruce Kaplan, DVM

One Health Initiative Team





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

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



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