World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center
Columbia University School of Nursing was initially designated as a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Center (PAHO/WHO CC) for Advanced Practice Nursing in 1994. The school has been re-designated every 4 years since then, most currently in January 2015. The school’s Center is one of nine WHO Collaborating Centers in Nursing in the United States and one of over 40 WHO CCs in Nursing and Midwifery around the world. The WHO designation recognizes Columbia Nursing’s expertise and commitment to advanced practice nursing.
From 2015 to 2019, the focus of the Center’s work is based on the designated Terms of Reference (TORs) with PAHO/WHO:
TOR 1: Collaborate with PAHO/WHO to strengthen the response of the health sector in human resources development in education through identification and application of core competencies for an advanced practice nursing model.
TOR 2: Collaborate with PAHO/WHO to strengthen the health sector in human resources through regional expertise development of clinical nursing and midwifery research in Latin America and Caribbean countries.
TOR 3: Collaborate with PAHO/WHO to advance human resources for health development with expanded knowledge and application of informatics in nursing.
For more information about the WHO Collaborating Centers around the world: http://www.who.int/collaboratingcentres/en/