Fostering a Commitment to Global Health Care

Collaborating Center for Research and Clinical Training in Health Promotion Nursing

In August 1997, the University of Michigan School of Nursing was designated a World Health Organization (WHO)/Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) Collaborating Center for Research and Clinical Training in Health Promotion Nursing. This designation recognizes the School's excellent programs in health promotion research and training as well as its commitment to a global approach in education, research, and service initiatives; particularly in the Americas. It is one of only ten Nursing Collaborating Centers in the United States and one of only 42 in the world. In December 2011, the Center was re-designated through December 2015.

What is a PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center?

A collaborating center (CC) is part of an inter-institutional network set up by WHO in support of its mission, particularly in respect to its aim of health for all, at country, regional, and global levels. Learn more at the Collaborating Centers page of the WHO website or the website for the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centers in Nursing and Midwifery.


The Role of WHO

The objective of the World Health Organization is “the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.” WHO also promotes and conducts research in the field of health. It has been recognized that the optimal way to perform this function is through collaboration with institutions within member states.

 UMSN's Dr. Jody Lori (5th from left) attended the 2014 meeting of the Pan American Nursing and Midwifery Collaborating Centers (PANMCC) in Cartagena, Colombia, in association with the XIV Pan American Nursing Research Colloquium. UMSN is a member of PANMCC as part of our PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center efforts.  PANMCC is comprised of 19 WHO Collaborating Centers for Nursing and Midwifery in the Americas from Canada to Chile.  Its mission is to support the role of nurses and midwives in the advancement of “Health for All” through the achievement of the “Millennium Development Goals” and the promotion of regional and global cooperation.

Terms of Reference for the U-M School of Nursing Collaborating Center

  • Collaborate with PAHO/WHO to disseminate/share critical information and connect and systematize experiences and good practices of health promotion
  • Collaborate with PAHO/WHO to build nursing and local institutional capacity to implement and evaluate individual, family, and community health promotion interventions
  • Collaborate with PAHO/WHO to strengthen nursing /midwifery and local health services education and practice in health promotion
  • Collaborate with PAHO/WHO to develop and support nurses' capacity to conduct and implement research on health promotion

Leadership Team