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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.