Visit from World Health Organization Chief Scientist

On January 6, 2009, the School of Nursing and Sparkman Center for Global Health hosted a visit by Dr. Jean Yan, Chief Scientist for Nursing and Midwifery at the World Health Organization office in Geneva. During her visit, Dr. Yan met with Provost Eli Capiluto, with nursing faculty members who have been actively involved with the school's global health initiatives, and with the Advisory Group for the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center on International Nursing, and with the Leadership Group of the Sparkman Center for Global Health. Dr. Yan indicated that she was most impressed by the many global health activities evident in both the School of Nursing and on campus. Dr. Yan made an open presentation entitled "Primary Care: Nurses Leading the Way" that was attended by over 100 faculty, students, and community members.

  • To read an article about Dr. JeanYan's visit published in the Birmingham News, please click here.
  • To view Dr. Yan’s presentation about Primary Health Care, please click on the links below. Please note that Realplayer is required to view the videos.

Now More Than Ever, Primary Health Care:  Nurses Leading the Way, Part 1
Now More Than Ever, Primary Health Care:  Nurses Leading the Way, Part 2
Now More Than Ever, Primary Health Care:  Nurses Leading the Way, Part 3

Our Advisory Board

The work of the Collaborating Center is guided and supported by a PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center Advisory Board whose members bring outstanding experience and expertise in global initiatives.  Members meet at least once each year with the Collaborating Center Director and Deputy Director to provide guidance and recommendations related to activities and plans for the Center, as well as for Global Partnerships.

Current members:

Suzanne Austin, PhD, Vice Provost for Student and Faculty Success, the University of Alabama at Birmingham
Rita Carty, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor Emeritus, George Mason University, and former Director General of the Global Network of WHO Nursing and Midwifery Collaborating Centers
Sara Day, PhD, RN, FAAN, Director Nursing Education at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Nursing, the UAB School of Nursing
Juanzetta Flowers, DSN, RN, Associate Professor of Nursing Emeritus, the UAB School of Nursing
Doreen Harper, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean and Faye B. Ireland Endowed Chair in Nursing and Director PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center, the UAB School of Nursing
Karmie Johnson, DNP, CRNP Nursing Instructor and Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows Program Coordinator, the UAB School of Nursing
Michael Saag, MD, Professor and Associate Dean, the UAB School of Medicine and Director, UAB Center for AIDS Research, and Director Gorgas Center for Geographic Medicine
Isabel Scarinci, PhD, Professor, Division of Preventive Medicine at UAB
Craig Wilson, MD, Professor and Director, Sparkman Center for Global Health, UAB School of Public Health
Lynda Wilson, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor Emeritus, UAB School of Nursing
Majd Zayzafoon, PhD, Professor and Director International Medical Education at the UAB School of Medicine

Ex-officio members:

Comfort Enah, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor Department of Community Health Outcomes and Systems, UAB School of Nursing
Jeannie Horton, Senior Director of Development, UAB School of Nursing
Adelais Markaki, PhD, RN, PHCN-BC, Associate Professor and Deputy Director PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center, UAB School of Nursing
Karen Meneses, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, UAB School of Nursing
Linda Moneyham, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, UAB School of Nursing
Jacqueline Moss, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Associate Dean for Technology and Innovation, UAB School of Nursing
Cindy Selleck, PhD, RN, FNP, FAAN, Professor and Associate Dean for Clinical and Global Partnerships,UAB School of Nursing
Maria Shirey, PhD, RN, FACHE, FAAN, Professor and Chair for Acute Chronic and Continuing Care Department, UAB School of Nursing 
Allison Shorten, PhD, RN, CNM, FACM, Professor at UAB School of Nursing and Director of the Office of Interprofessional Curriculum




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Terms of Reference

In April 2015 The School of Nursing received redesignation as a PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center on International Nursing for four more years (2015-2019). Our terms of reference for 2015-2019 are as follows:

1. Collaborate with PAHO/WHO to strengthen the quality of Nursing and Midwifery Education, including in the agenda priority topics such as Universal Health Coverage, Universal Health Access, and Primary Health Care.

2.Collaborate with PAHO/WHO to enhance the use and dissemination of knowledge resources to strengthen nursing and midwifery capacity and quality improvement in nursing and midwifery education program outcomes.

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 Above: Pan American Network of WHO Collaboration Centers annual meeting in Mexico City, Mexico in 2017