PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center for International Nursing


A PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center (WHOCC) is an official designation given by the World Health Organization (WHO) recognizing the School's sustained involvement and interest in developing the global nursing workforce. The UAB School of Nursing first received this designation in 1994. We are in the Region of the Americas, so we partner closely with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and are active members of both the Pan American Network of Nursing & Midwifery Collaborating Centers (PANMCC) and the Global Network of Nursing & Midwifery Collaborating Centers (GNWHOCC).


The WHO designation indicates that the academic, research and clinical programs in UAB's School of Nursing are recognized nationally and internationally, and that UAB has superior scientific and technical leadership in nursing education. This is of value to the World Health Organization with whom we collaborate on various projects with impact for nursing education in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Our Terms of Reference (2019-2023)

In March 2019, the UAB School of Nursing received redesignation as a PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center on International Nursing for another four year period (2019-2023).

As a WHOCC, we must fulfill "Terms of Reference" with agreed-upon Activities that support PAHO/WHO in their efforts in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC):

  1. Support PAHO/WHO's efforts to strengthen the quality of nursing education and practice based on Universal Access to Health, Universal Health Coverage and Primary Health Care.
  2. Support PAHO/WHO's efforts to enhance the use and dissemination of knowledge resources that build capacity and leadership for nurse and midwife educators.

For a printable pdf of our work, please click here.

Annually, we report to PAHO/WHO to review the progress of activities in support of our listed Terms of Reference.


  1. Scoping literature review and publication on Academic Service-Learning Partnerships in the Americas.
  2. Training, coaching, and piloting of the Educational Quality Improvement Toolkit. For a publication in English, Spanish or Portuguese, detailing this work, please click on the language preferred.
  3. Piloting and evaluation of “Quality improvement in nursing and midwifery educational programs: a three-module online course for life-long learning”. For a publication describing the development of this course, please click here. To take the course, in either English or Spanish, click here.
  4. Capacity-building of Advanced Practice Nurses in managing patients with non-communicable diseases through providing the on-demand webinars Managing Patients with Diabetes and Managing Patients with Cancer.
  5. Enhancing nursing and midwifery faculty capacity in teaching, research and mentoring through an International Scholars Program. For a related publication, please click here.
  6. Interprofessional education for nurses caring for vulnerable populations.

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 Directors to provide guidance and recommendations related to activities and plans for the Center, as well as for Global Partnerships.

Current members:

  • 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, Assistant Dean, Center for Community and Global Partnerships, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • 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
  • Cindy Selleck, PhD, RN, FNP, FAAN, Professor (retired), UAB School of Nursing
  • Rubin Pillay, PhD, Professor, Division of Preventive Medicine, UAB School of Medicine
  • 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
  • Janet Turan, PhD, Professor and Director, UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health, UAB School of Public Health
  • Craig Wilson, MD, Professor Emeritus, 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:

  • Jeannie Horton, Senior Director of Development, UAB School of Nursing
  • Adelais Markaki, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor, Co-Director PAHO/WHOCC for International Nursing and Director Global Partnerships, 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
  • Maria Shirey, PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, ANEF, FACHE, FAAN, Professor and Associate Dean for Clinical and Global Partnerships, UAB School of Nursing
  • Allison Shorten, PhD, RN, RM, FACM, FAAN, Professor and Chair of Acute, Chronic and Continuing Care Department, UAB School of Nursing, and Director of the Office of Interprofessional Curriculum