History and Current Activities

The University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies was designated a PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre in Sept. 2008 and has been re-designated twice: in September 2012 and again in September of 2016. The school is proud to hold this elite recognition, and is one of only 10 such centers in the U.S., 18 in The Americas, and 46 in worldwide. As a PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre, the SONHS commits to continuously collaborate with PAHO/WHO with its partner Collaborating Centres, with Ministries of Health, and with institutions of higher healthcare education throughout the hemisphere to accomplish the following goals:

  • develop and strengthen nursing education and nursing leadership competencies, with a focus on curriculum development in nursing and patient safety
  • disseminate critical information and share knowledge regarding patient safety to enhance nursing workforce development and technical expertise
  • develop and strengthen multi-center projects in The Americas, with a focus on nursing workforce development, patient safety, and health disparities
As a Collaborating Centre, we commit to work with the PAHO/WHO on specific projects during each designation cycle. This four-year workplan consists of concrete activities designed and implemented to support PAHO/WHO’s strategic plans in targeted areas of need in specified regions of The Americas. We invite you to explore this website for a more detailed description of our Collaborating Centre’s key initiatives.