The One Health Core Competencies (OHCC) Identification of the Current Workforce Workshop was held in Bangkok on March 23-25, 2016 by the Thailand One Health University Network (THOHUN). The meeting brought together approximately 50 participants representing 6 Ministries who are partners under “The One Health Collaboration Network.” The Ministries of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Education, Natural Resources and Environment, Public Health, Social Development and Human Security, Labor, and the Thai Red Cross Society discussed and identified the OHCC required for the establishment of multi-sectoral collaboration at all levels of Thai Government workforce to effectively respond to emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) and zoonotic diseases. A survey and mapping for core and functional competencies of the seven ministries and the Thai Red Cross Society was performed by the THOHUN National Coordinating Office prior to the workshop to identify common domains (sets) of competencies for further discussion and harmonisation.
With the collaboration of the One Health Workforce team from University of Minnesota and Tufts University, and support from seasoned trainers of THOHUN, ministry representatives received a clearer picture of their roles and responsibilities in response to EIDs and zoonotic diseases. A set of 6 OHCC domains (i) One Health Professionalism, (ii) Communication and Informatics, (iii) Culture, Values, Ethics and Beliefs, (iv) Collaboration and Partnership, (v) Leadership, and (vi) Planning and Management was successfully developed and agreed upon by all the participants.
This workshop was the first step in a process to identify OHCC domains for the Thai current workforce. The workshop results will be circulated widely in the ministries and to other relevant stakeholders for comments and feedback. Once high-level approval is received, these competency domains will be utilized by the ministries in partnership with the universities to develop specific competencies within the domains, and to use these to develop training packages to improve the skills, knowledge, and attitudes of the current workforce to effectively prevent, detect, and respond to future infectious disease outbreaks in Thailand.