Report Examines Roles Of, Competencies For Global Health Diplomats

BMC Globalization and Health: Applied global health diplomacy: profile of health diplomats accredited to the UNITED STATES and foreign governments
Matthew D. Brown of the Center for Global Health at the NIH’s National Cancer Institute and colleagues interviewed seven health attachés to explore “four key topics: the role and mission of Health Attachés, skills needed to perform [global health diplomacy], examples of successes and challenges in accomplishing their respective missions, and suggestions for the future development of the diplomatic profession.” They conclude, “Our findings indicate that skills in diplomacy and negotiation, applied science, and cross cultural competency are essential for the statecraft of Health Attachés. Additionally, establishing a clear career pathway for Health Attachés is critical for future maturation of the profession and for fostering effective global health action that aligns public health and foreign diplomacy outcomes” (1/11).

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