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Luis Gabriel Cuervo, MD
PAHO/WHO Senior Advisor, Research for Health - Washington, DC

David W. Coon, PhD
Co-Deputy Director, PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre to Advance the Policy on Research for Health

Carol M. Baldwin, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN
Co-Deputy Director, PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre to Advance the Policy on Research for Health

Administrative Support/Marketing

Diane Kapp - Administrative Specialist

Preston Swan - Marketing and Communications Manager

Mitchell Tay - Digital Marketing Manager

PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre to Advance the Policy on Research for Health

On February 18, 2016, the ASU Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation was designated a Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) / World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre to Advance the Policy on Research for Health. This designation recognizes the College’s excellent programs in health policy and research development, in addition to its commitment to an international approach in education, research, service, and community initiatives, particularly in the Americas. This is the first PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre both at ASU and in Arizona and one of only two in the Southwestern United States. A leading goal for the Centre is to become an international model working across disciplines to develop and implement evidence-based health promotion, research, and policy to improve health systems and outcomes and advance health equity. 

What is a PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre?

A Collaborating Centre is part of an interinstitutional network set up by WHO in support of its mission, particularly in respect to its aim of health for all, at country, regional, and global levels. Appointed by the WHO Director General, the WHO Collaborating Centres support global programs in health and advance research by assisting, coordinating, and promoting activities of leading organizations. Learn more about the WHO Collaborating Centres.

The Role of PAHO/WHO

The objective of the WHO is “the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.” WHO also promotes and conducts research in the field of health. It has been recognized that the optimal way to perform this function is through collaboration with institutions within member nations. WHO is the Health Agency for the United Nations with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and PAHO is the Regional Office for the Americas of the WHO with headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Keep Updated with the PAHO Newsletter

Research for Health News is a periodic bulletin that aims to disseminate news about research for health to country health professionals and authorities, our partners, and PAHO managers and staff.

Noticias sobre Investigación para la Salud es un boletín informativo de distribución periódica cuya finalidad es diseminar novedades sobre investigación a los profesionales y autoridades nacionales, a nuestros socios y a los gerentes y personal de la OPS

The PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre to Advance the Policy on Research for Health is an interprofessional, transdisciplinary collaborative centre designed to promote health equality through policy development and promotion.  Centre members work with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to ensure that public health policy around the world is built on sound research and ethics. 

Centre Outputs

  • Promote research priorities and address ethical issues in public health.
  • Leverage PAHO/WHO’s knowledge management policies, tools, networks, assets, and resources to strengthen countries’ capacity to generate, share, and apply knowledge.
  • Develop comprehensive national health policies, strategies, and plans through advocacy and policy dialogue.

Centre Goals

  • Collaborate with PAHO to advance the Policy on Research for Health (Resolution CD49/10) on emerging issues through consultations and development of policies and strategies. 
  • Interface with PAHO/WHO knowledge translation platforms to advance knowledge translation and integration of research evidence with policy, prevention, and health care.
  • Seek to link regional and global policies and agendas to relevant research proposals. 
  • Contribute towards the assessment, monitoring, and evaluation of research.
  • Advance promotion and prevention programs as an essential public health function to build capacity and sustainability, examples of these programs are public health preparedness, health equality and literacy, and chronic noncommunicable disease’s associated with lifestyle.
  • Become a model institution in implementing the policy on research for health and, at PAHO/WHO’s request, jointly organize volunteer and internship programs.

For more information please visit the WHO Collaborating Centres Global Database.

Mexico Keynote Features Policy on Research for Health Objectives 2019

Meeting Minutes - Advisory Panel Meeting
November 22, 2019

Meeting Minutes - ASU PAHO/WHO CC Advisory Committee Virtual Meeting
June 4, 2019

Caruso CC, Baldwin CM, Berger A, Chasens ER, et al. (2019). Policy brief: Nurse fatigue, sleep, and health, and ensuring patient and public safety. Nursing Outlook 67:616-619 [English only]

Baldwin CM, Cuervo LG, Hancock C. (2018). Considerations in Conducting Interventions in Specialized Settings: Interventions across Global Settings (pp. 282-291). In B. M. Melnyk and D. Morrison-Beedy (Eds.), Designing, Conducting, Analyzing and Funding Intervention Research: A Practical Guide for Success, 2nd Ed. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company. Include Ch. 18-1 Baldwin et al. References 2018. [English only]

Caruso CC, Baldwin CM, Berger A, Chasens ER, et al. (2017) Position statement: Reducing fatigue associated with sleep deficiency and work hours in nurses. Nursing Outlook, 65:766-768. [English only]

"ASU PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre contributes in the design of a work proposal aimed at improving public health policies towards universal health in Central America and the Dominican Republic"
Guatemala,  Antigua,  25  April  2017

"El Centro Colaborador de la OPS / OMS en ASU contribuye al diseño de una propuesta de trabajo dirigida a mejorar las políticas de salud pública hacia la salud universal en Centroamérica y la República Dominicana"
Guatemala, Antigua, 25 de Abril 2017


Lorely Ambriz, MSIS

Lorely Ambriz is adjunct faculty with Arizona State University Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation’s PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre. She has extensive expertise in the areas of information dissemination, communication technologies, multimedia and mass media campaigns development and research promotion border wide.
Maria Teresa Cerqueira, PhD

Maria Teresa Cerqueira has served as adjunct faculty with the ASU Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation since 2012. Until her retirement in December 2013, she served as Director of the Division of Health Promotion and Protection at the PAHO/WHO U.S.-Mexico Border Office in El Paso, Texas.
 Beatriz Diaz Apodaca, MD, PhD, MPH

Dr. Apodaca is the general coordinator of research and postgraduate activities at the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez (UACJ), Mexico. Her research expertise has resulted in several publications that address the prevalence of type 2 diabetes along the U.S.-Mexico Border, as well as violence related research relevant to epidemiology of gunshot wounds and discharges from a hospital for external injuries.
Ixhel Escamilla Loredo, DrPH, MPH, MA, BA

Dr. Escamilla received her doctorate and master’s degree in public health from Bielefeld University, Germany. She has extensive expertise in project proposal and policy development, as well as health economics.
Federico Gerardo de Cosio MD, MPH

Dr. de Cosio has several years of public health experience in strategic and operational planning, including priority setting, research, analysis, monitoring and assessment, resource mobilization, technical advice and assistance at international/global levels for the strengthening of health systems and services, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) capacity building, and introduction of innovative technology-enabled services delivery solutions.
Paola Garcia-Hicks, BS, MA

Paola Garcia-Hicks serves currently as director of Mexico and Latin America Initiatives at the Office of University Affairs. She helps develop strategic collaborative relationships with government agencies, universities, and nonprofit organizations in Mexico and Latin American countries.
Ashley Gresh

Gresh is currently a first-year doctoral student and Global Women's Health Fellow at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON). A component of her doctoral work is with the Johns Hopkins SON PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing Informatics, assisting with the activities of the online Global Alliance for Nursing and Midwifery (GANM).
James Hodge, BS, JD, LLM

James Hodge is a professor of public health law and ethics in the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law and director of the Center for Public Health Law and Policy at ASU. Hodge delves into multiple areas of health law, public health law, global health law, ethics, and human rights.
Gerri Lamb, PhD, RN,  FAAN

Gerri Lamb is an associate professor in the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation. Her research interests include nursing care delivery systems and patient outcomes with a focus on nurse care coordination within and across settings, and interprofessional practice to improve healthcare environments.  
Sergio Marquez Gamiño, MD, PhD

Dr. Marquez is a Professor of Applied Sciences to Human Work, Health Sciences Division, University of Guanajuato, Mexico, and neurologist in private practice. He holds specialty training in Technology Transfer from the Association of Directors of Applied Research and Technological Development.
Punam Ohri-Vachaspati, PhD, RD

Punam Ohri-Vachaspati is a professor of nutrition and leads the ASU Food Environment and Policy research group. In 2017, she completed the RWJF Health Policy Fellowship working in Senator Gillibrand’s office in Washington DC.
Kevin Pardon, MLIS

Kevin is a liaison librarian at ASU on the Downtown Phoenix Campus and assists faculty, students, and staff with their research and literature searching needs. His library work includes teaching components of evidence-based practice, searches of systematic reviews for best evidence, the importance of librarians and literature searches in the protection of human subjects for grants and research, and dissemination of research and policy information.
Giordano Perez Gaxiola, MD,

Dr. Perez Gaxiola leads an evidence-based practice department in a public pediatric hospital in Culiacan, Mexico. He works as a pediatrician in private practice, and is the director of the Cochrane Mexican Centre.
Stuart F. Quan, MD

Dr. Quan is the Gerald E. McGinnis Professor of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Senior Physician, Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders, Departments of Medicine and Neurology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Editor of the Sleep and Health Education Program and Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of Arizona where he was Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Associate Head of the Department of Medicine, Program Director of the GCRC and Director of the Sleep Disorders Center. Dr. Quan was the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine (2004-2014).
Luxana Reynaga Ornelas, PhD, MSN, RN

Luxana Reynaga Ornelas, PhD, RN is professor of Nursing and Obstetrics at the University of Guanajuato, Leon, Mexico. She has 15 years of teaching experience in bioethics, ethics in research and human subject protections. With her background in curriculum development and evaluation, she has incorporated and taught postgraduate students and clinical health care providers in the application of evidence-based practice in clinical care. Dr. Reynaga teaches research methods within the nursing curriculum. Her research interests and publications include psychosocial determinants of health and holistic nursing, sleep habits, health-related quality of life,  and human caring. She develop and leads the interdisciplinary research group, “Cuidado integral de la persona, familia y comunidad en situaciones de salud o enfermedad en todos los ámbitos de la enfermería profesional.”
David Schlinkert, MPA

David Schlinkert is a Policy Analyst at the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University. He has extensive experience conducting applied policy research and evaluation with a focus on the health and self-sufficiency of economically disadvantaged populations in the U.S. and abroad.
Mario Tristan Lopez, MD, PhD

Dr. Tristan is Director of Cochrane Central America and Spanish-speaking Caribbean, President & CEO of IHCAI Foundation, adjunct professor, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and off campus adjunct professor, Harvard School of Medicine. He has been involved in several conferenced including the Cochrane Iberoamerican and Iberoamerican Clinical Guidelines network conferences, as well as the design and publishing of seven Clinical Practice Guidelines Costa Rica and Central America.

Upcoming Webinars

 Please check back for upcoming webinars.

Previous Webinars

Aplicación clínica de práctica basada en evidencia: Música para la disminución de disnea y ansiedad en pacientes con EPOC
2019 - Presented by Dr. Carol Baldwin, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN

Joining Forces for Quality Interprofessional Education, Practice, Research & Policy
Friday July 19, 2019 – Presented by Dr. Gerri Lamb in English and by Lorely Ambriz in Spanish. Dr. Lamb is the Director of the Center for Advancing Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (CAIPER), Arizona State University


The Impact of Cochrane on Research for Health
Friday, May 18, 2018 - Presented by Dr. Giordano Perez Gaxiola, Sinaloa Pediactric Hospital


Evidence in Decision-Making for Health Interventions and Policies.
An introduction to the generalities of policy briefs designed according to the STP method (SUPPORT Tools for evidence-informed health Policymaking)

Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 - Presented by Dr. Ixhel Escamilla


Complex Systems: An Introduction to the Relevant Concepts for Investigations in Health
Friday, Sep. 1, 2017 - Presented by Chad Swanson, DO, MPH


Sleep Disorders and Sleep Health Promotion to Reduce Chronic Illnesses

March 15, 2017

The speaker for this webinar was Dr. Carol Baldwin, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN

  • Professor Emerita and Southwest Borderlands Scholar, Arizona State University/Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation
  • Deputy Director, PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre to Advance the Policy on Research

Webinar materials (English):

Materiales para el seminario virtual (Español):

Youtube relevant to Policy on Research for Health*

PAHO/WHO Policy on Research for health and Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED)

  • Luis Gabriel Cuervo speaks about PAHO's work and its collaborations with COHRED, FORUM 2012

Statistical Procedures

Systematic Reviews:


Evidence-Based Research/Policy/Practice

*Youtube videos are not produced or owned by ASU or the PAHO/WHO CC, but have been downloaded from the internet as tools to help understand various aspects for advancing the policy on research for health.

Human Subjects

Ethics, Law and Policy


Capacity Building

Program Evaluation

Evidence-informed Policy Network (EvipNET)


Policy Publications/Papers

Evidence-based Chronic Disease Training Manuals [Spanish Only]