Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO)
Collaborating Center for International Nursing
The School of Nursing at UAB was initially designated as a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for International Nursing in 1993. The School was redesignated in 1997 and most recently in April 2007 for the four year term of April 2007-2011. It is one of 10 WHO Collaborating Centers in Nursing in the United States and one of 45 in the world. The WHO designation recognizes the School of Nursing's sustained involvement and interest in global nursing development.
The United States belongs to Region Six of the World Health Organization. This region comprises all the countries from Canada to Chile and is administered by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) whose office is in Washington, D.C. As a part of Region Six, the School's Collaborating Center is a member of PANMCC, the Pan American Nursing/Midwifery Collaborating Centers. Currently, PANMCC has eighteen centers. PANMCC has an annual meeting each spring, and also meets in conjunction with the Global Network of Nursing Collaborating Centers.
The 45 world-wide nursing Collaborating Centers are organized into a Global Network. The Network Secretariat is currently Dr. Isabel Mendes at the University of Sao Paulo in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil. The Network meets biennially on even numbered years. For further information please visit the Global Network Website.
A WHO Collaborating Center participates in an international network that works toward realizing the United Nations Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) and WHO's major goal of "Health for All" by developing and sharing education and research materials that will help achieve these goals (see http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/ and http://www.who.int/mdg/en ). As a WHO Collaborating Center, UAB's School of Nursing collaborates with nurses in other countries to develop programs to enhance nursing education, practice and research and ultimately to improve global health. The school also engages in programs that allow students and faculty to participate in international nursing activities.
The WHO designation indicates that the research and clinical programs in UAB's School of Nursing are recognized nationally and internationally, and that UAB has superior scientific and technical leadership in nursing. The School of Nursing's collaborative relationships with Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, , Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Zambia, and many other countries have included visiting scholars, visiting professors, student exchanges, and international research programs.
Beginning in 2005, the University of Oklahoma University became an Affiliate of our PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center. The Director of this center is Dr. Evelyn Acheson. For more information on this Affiliate, please visit the University of Oklahoma College of Nursing website. In 2007, the International Nursing Outreach program of St. Jude Hospital became an affiliate of our collaborating center. For further information on programs offered through this program, please go to the website at: http://www.stjude.org/stjude/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=2f166f9523e70110VgnVCM1000001e0215acRCRD&vgnextchannel=e41e6fa0a9118010VgnVCM1000000e2015acRCRD . An excellent resource offered by the St. Jude International Outreach programs is a website that provides outstanding continuing education resources in multiple languages that can be accessed freely on the internet. UABSON students and faculty have an opportunity to share their knowledge and expertise internationally by developing presentations that can be shared over the Cure 4 Kids website.
Study abroad courses have been offered in Barbados (1998), Guatemala (2003, 2004, and 2005), and Honduras (2007 and 2008).
In April 2007 The School of Nursing received redesignation as a PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center on International Nursing for four more years (2007-2011). Our terms of reference for 2007-2011 are as follows:
1. Design and facilitate implementation of educational programs for nurses and health care workers to strengthen nursing capacity in meeting priority health needs of children and families with special emphasis in the PAHO region.
2. Strengthen leadership in nursing education and practice to meet priority health needs of children and families.
3. Build capacity for generation, utilization, and dissemination of nursing knowledge to promote best nursing practice in meeting the health needs of children and families.
4. Enhance leadership development among faculty and students in the UAB School of Nursing in mentoring the terms of reference work of the WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center.
The work of the Collaborating Center is guided and supported by a PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center Advisory Board whose members represent bring outstanding experience and expertise in global initiatives. For information about the members of this advisory board, please click here. Faculty members and community partners who contribute to the work of the Collaborating Center can apply for recognitioin as PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center Scholars.
For further information on our PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center, please click on the attached powerpoint presentation.
We are very proud of our PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center and look forward to continuing work to advance global health in partnership with nurses around the world! We invite all students and faculty to join us and share in the many opportunities for global collaboration that are available through the Collaborating Center!