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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.

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Previous Webinars

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


The Ethical Conduct of Research with Human Subjects
An introduction to the basics of human subjects research, Institutional Review Boards (IRB), U.S. federal regulations, informed consent, privacy, documentation, and other special considerations.

Friday, Mar. 30 - Presented by Marielysse Cortés, LMSW


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 - Presented by Dr. Ixhel Escamilla


Complex Systems: An Introduction to the Relevant Concepts for Investigations in Health
Friday, Sep. 1 - 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

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