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

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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 of the Advisory Board 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.

The current members of the Advisory Board are:
Anupam Agarwal, MD, Professor and Director Division of Nephrology, the University of Alabama at Birmingham
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 University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing
Juanzetta Flowers, DSN, RN, Associate Professor of Nursing Emeritus, the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing
Mona Fouad, MD, PhD, Professor and Director Division of Preventive Medicine, the University of Alabama at Birmingham
Robert Gandy, Community Volunteer and past Peace Corps volunteer
Iris Gross, Executive Director, Birmingham International Center, Birmingham, Alabama
Doreen Harper, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean and Faye B. Ireland Endowed Chair in Nursing and Director PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center, the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing
Isabel Scarinci, PhD, Professor, Division of Preventive Medicine, the University of Alabama at Birmingham
Craig Wilson, MD, Professor and Director, Sparkman Center for Global Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Lynda Wilson, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Deputy Director PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center for International Nursing, the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing

The Ex-officio members of the board are:
Maria Shirey, PhD, RN, FACHE, FAAN, Professor and Assitant Dean for Clinical Affairs and Partnerships, the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing
Comfort Enah, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor Department of Community Health Outcomes and Systems, the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing
Karen Meneses, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Director Center for Nursing Research, the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing
Jeannie Horton, Senior Director of Development, the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing