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Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership Re-designated by the World Health Organization
October 24, 2006, Volume 53, No. 9

The School of Nursing’s Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership has been re-designated for four years (2006-2010) as of June 30, 2006. There are 36 collaborating centers across the globe and 16 in the Americas. The Center’s mission is optimizing nursing and midwifery’s contributions to advancing health in partnership with WHO and other health promotion groups.

“We have a global commitment to the internationalization of nursing collaborations,” said Director of the Collaborating Center and the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of the School of Nursing Afaf I. Meleis. “This re-designation makes it possible for us to continue our efforts in advancing health where so many have no access to it.”

The new terms of reference for re-designation include:

• Promoting the growth and stability of nursing human resources to improve the quality of care and delivery of nursing health services management

• Leading the development and implementation of essential nursing and midwifery competencies to reduce maternal/neonatal mortality and morbidity and promoting the health and well-being of women

• Building capacity of health care workers and community leaders to design, train, modify, translate, and implement culturally relevant, developmentally appropriate, evidence-based HIV risk reduction and health promotion programs

“We feel that these terms of reference capture the expertise and interest of the greatest number of our faculty who are excited to continue making strides in improving health globally,” said Dr. Meleis. “We look forward to the activities and involvement of all in our international mission.”

Almanac - October 24, 2006, Volume 53, No. 9