You can’t just drop in on developing world nations and tell them how you are going to help them, and you can’t generate a global collaboration plan in isolation. If you really want your efforts to have an impact, you must first take the pulse of the regions you are trying to serve and hear their needs and concerns.”

---Dr. Johis Ortega, Director
PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre
University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies

Attending and hosting or co-hosting international conferences has proven to be an effective way to continue the dialogue about opportunities and challenges confronting the international health care workforce. At these conferences, our Dean, our PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre Director and other faculty deliver and listen to numerous academic presentations, meet and network with health care educators, clinicians, scientists, and students from all over the world. The global healthcare landscape is continually evolving, which is why the lines of communication between our Collaborating Centre and its international partners must remain open.

In odd-numbered years our PAHO/WHO CC attends the Iberoamerican Conference on Nursing Education, hosted by the Latin American Association of Schools and Faculties of Nursing


XIV Iberoamerican Conference on Nursing Education

September 24-28, 2017, Lima, Peru 

Our Collaborating Centre was well-represented at this global event.

  • Centre Director Dr. Johis Ortega presented the results of a collaboration with PAHO/WHO Subregional Office in Uruguay, Quality Committee of Uruguay Node of the PAHO Virtual Campus of Public Health, Uruguay Ministry of Health, and  Facultad de Enfermería de la Universidad de la Republica de Uruguay (University of Republic of Uruguay School of Nursing) on 2nd implementation of our Centre’s online Nursing Leadership Course in Uruguay.

  • A panel comprised of our Collaborating Centre faculty presented a timely symposium on “Uso de la Simulación Clínica en la Educación de Enfermería: Experiencia de la Universidad de Miami (Use of Clinical Simulation in Nursing Education: The Experience of the University of Miami”

XVI Pan American Nursing Research Colloquium

November 5-9, 2018, Havana, Cuba

  • The central theme of the XVI Pan American Nursing Research Colloquium was “Contribution of Nursing in Primary Health Care to Universal Health” and recognized the 40th anniversary of the Declaration of Alma-Ata, which in 1978 defined primary care as an essential strategy of achieving health for all.

  • Attending the international conference was the core staff of the PAHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing Human Resources Development and Patient Safety. During the event, SONHS Dean Cindy L. Munro, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAAN, FAANP, FAAAS; Johis Ortega, PhD, ARNP, ACNP-BC, ENP-BC, FNP-BC, FAAN, director of the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre; and Daniel Friedeberg, project manager, had the opportunity to meet with delegates from over 20 nations, including Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Chile, and Cuba, among others.

Ortega, who is associate dean for Hemispheric and Global Initiatives as well as an associate professor of clinical at the SONHS, presented “Implementing the National Incident Management System as a Framework for Travel Medicine in Haiti.” Published in the International Journal of Travel Medicine and Global Health, the paper outlines protocols Ortega and his colleagues at the School of Nursing and Health Studies have implemented to improve safety and increase efficiency during their biannual clinical service trips to remote villages in Central Haiti.

The next Iberoamerican Conference on Nursing Education is September 22-28, 2019, in Panama City, Panama.