PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center Scholars

Faculty members and community partners who contribute to the work of the Collaborating Center can apply for recognition as PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center Scholars. The guidelines for the Scholar appointments are on the School of Nursing Intranet Site under “School-Wide Documents”.  The following faculty have received this recognition:

D’Ann Somerall, DNP, MAEd, FNP-BC


Dr. Somerall has been a WHOCC Scholar since 2011.  She first became involved in global health nursing through hosting international scholars visiting UAB for various programs the UAB SON offers. She and her family opened their home to several international students and scholars who captured her heart.     

In 2011 she coordinated the workshop portion on interprofessional global education and collaboration through the Global Health Professional Fellows grant funded by the U.S. Department of State.  In this role she became very familiar with the particular challenges faced by nursing educators in Zambia and Malawi.  Her goal is to continue the relationships she developed with these nurse educators and contribute to research and collaboration between the University of Zambia School of Nursing and the UAB SON.