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University of Alaska Fairbanks

Approaches to Operationalizing One Health

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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.


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

Taught by

Arleigh Reynolds, Tuula Hollmen, Laurie Meythaler-Mullins, Hannah Robinson and Kelsey Nicholson


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