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:

Shirey Maria

Dr. Shirey has been a PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center Scholar since early 2014.  Her background in nursing leadership practice, education and research contribute toward achieving the center's goal of promoting global leadership and enhancing inter-professional collaboration among nurses and other health care workers.

photo: Karmie M. Johnson, MSN, RN, CRNP

Karmie Johnson has been a WHOCC Collaborating Center Scholar since early 2013.  She is currently an Instructor in the Community Health and Outcomes department in the UAB school of nursing.

Elizabeth Crooks

Dr. Crooks has been a PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center Scholar since 2012. She is an instructor in the Community Health Outcomes and Systems Department. Her areas of global expertise are in leadership development for nurse educators as well as in establishing long-term working collaborations with scholars around the world.

phillips

Dr. Phillips has been a WHOCC Scholar since 2011.  She contributes to the goals of the Center by enhancing leadership development related to global health and nursing among students and junior faculty through mentoring activities and through implementing learning experience on global health for students in the traditional BSN and RN Mobility Programs.

Martha_Dawson

Dr. Dawson has been a PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center Scholar since 2011.  She is the principal investigator for a HRSA Workforce Diversity Grant and was recently appointed as HRSA grant reviewer. 

rice

Dr. Rice was appointed as a WHOCC Scholar in early 2012.  She originally became involved in global health nursing through the PERC project which involves training international study coordinators in low resource countries.  She is co-Investigator on the project and it has been an eye-opening experience for Dr. Rice.   

laura-debiasi-msn-mph-crnp1 Laura Debiasi has been a WHOCC Scholar since 2012.  She has a longstanding interest in and commitment to global health issues. As a nursing student at UAB School of Nursing she was very involved anytime an international opportunity would arise; whether abroad or on campus. As an honors student in nursing she conducted her research project in Honduras evaluating the emotional well-being of girls living in an orphanage.

somerall

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.     

Comfort Enah, PhD, RN

Dr. Comfort Enah has been a PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center Scholar since 2011.  She is an Assistant Professor in the Community Health Outcomes and Systems Department at the UAB School of Nursing. In the time she has been with UAB SON, she has participated in numerous projects, activities and research related to global health such as her research in HIV prevention in underserved preadolescents and adolescents in rural areas in Alabama’s Black Belt as well as in the west African nation of Cameroon.

debbie

Dr. Walker became a WHOCC Scholar in 2011.  She has been involved in global nursing first through opening her home and hosting a nurse during the leadership conference in 2010. She also facilitated meetings and mentoring activities for a nurse from Zambia involving HIV initiatives in adolescents and  has been an ongoing resource and support system for a colleague in Zambia in regards to oncology initiatives.   

gakumo

Dr. Gakumo has been a PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center Scholar since 2011.  Her interest in global nursing stems from her experience in global health research as well as from her participation in the WHOCC's Global Health Professional Fellows Program in 2011 and 2012. Her current area of research is in promoting health literacy and treatment adherence in individuals living with HIV. 

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Penni Watts has been a WHOCC Scholar since 2011.  She first became involved with global health nursing when she hosted a group of Zambian scholars to facilitate learning experiences in clinical simulations as well as facilitating building a skills lab center.