Global Health Institute (GHI): Thailand 2014

The GHI 2014 course was organized on February 3-13, 2014, by Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai University in collaboration with the University of Minnesota (UMN)’s Schools of Public Health, Nursing, and Medicine, and the College of Veterinary Medicine, THOHUN, SEAOHUN, and DAI-RESPOND. It was the second GHI course held in Thailand. The first GHI course successfully conducted in 2012 focused on One Health Leadership, and provided participants an opportunity to obtain knowledge and develop skills required for One Health professionals. This 2014 course continued to emphasize examining leadership in the context of One Health and identifying opportunities for fostering collective actions to the benefit of public health, food security, and eco-health system.

The main objectives of the course were that 1) participants would gain the better understanding of One Health “grand challenges”, i.e. complex and multi-factorial issues emerging at the convergence of public health, animal health, economic health, and environmental health; and 2) SEAOHUN network would be expanded and strengthened. Its participants comprised of 52 people who were young- to mid-level university professionals as well as masters and doctoral level students from SEAOHUN member institutes and Chulalongkorn, Kasetsart, Khon Kaen, and Prince of Songkla Universities.

The first five days of the course (February 3-7) focused on developing One Health Leadership and technical capacity. The topics of activities during this period included wicked problems, self-awareness/social types, active listening skills, intercultural understanding, trans-disciplinary collaboration across countries, risk communication, collaboration and strategic thinking, active speaking skills, paradox and problems, and SEAOHUN One Health wicked problems. On February 7, participants had an opportunity to learn about Collaboration and Partnerships, a module in One Health Short Course, as well as to translate One Health concepts into practice through participating in field trip. The next four days (February 8-12) provided two different technical tracks consisting of environmental health and surveillance epidemiology, which participants could select to attend. Teaching methods of both tracks were lecturing and conducting field trips. The final day of the course was a workshop on One Health action for addressing complex challenges. It was served as a wrap-up activity, bringing together the One Health concepts and specific contents learned from the whole course.