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 2015, the Center was re-designated through December 2019.
In April 2016, UMSN hosted a working meeting of PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centers to discuss health care goals for the region. Specially, expansion of the role of advanced practice nurse practitioners was prioritized, along with establishment of APRN curriculum at schools in the region. Listen or read a news report on the meeting from WEMU radio in Michigan.
What is a PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center
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.
Terms of Reference for the U-M School of Nursing Collaborating Center
Collaborate with PAHO/WHO to disseminate/share critical information, experiences and good practices of health promotion and nursing education
Collaborate with PAHO/WHO to build nursing capacity to implement and evaluate individual, family, and community health promotion interventions
Collaborate with PAHO/WHO to strengthen nursing/midwifery education and practice
Collaborate with PAHO/WHO to develop and support nurses' capacity to conduct and implement research on health promotion