Online Program

Applied Health Diplomacy – U.S. Health Attachés and the Tradecraft of Global Health Diplomacy

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Matthew Brown, PhD, MPS, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Beijing, China
A health attachés is a diplomat who collects, analyzes, and acts on information concerning health in a foreign country or countries and provides critical links between public health and foreign affairs stakeholders.  Understanding the role of health attachés, who work across disciplines and national boundaries, is important to improve the effectiveness of their work, enhance countries use of health attachés, and help shape training and professional development of future Global Health Diplomacy (GHD) practitioners. In this session, we first describe the conceptual background of GHD in the twenty-first century and its impact on the development of the health attaché.   Next, we introduce a Pyramid of Global Health Diplomacy, presenting myriad actors, definitions, and tools to update concepts used in this field, followed by a description of current practices and competencies of health attachés as a specific type of diplomat. Finally, we propose a tradecraft model for a modern health attaché to characterize the qualifications and training necessary for these professionals.

Learning Areas:

Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related public policy
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe the Pyramid of Global Health Diplomacy. Describe the three difference types: informal, multistakeholder, and core, as well as an associated tool for each type, and understand the core function of the ‘tradecraft’ of GHD.

Keyword(s): International Health, Policy/Policy Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the principle author of this study and work in the Office of Global Affairs in the Department of Health and Human Services, who's primary function is the practice of global health diplomacy.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.