World Health Organization

In 1988, Penn Nursing earned the prestigious designation of being named a World Health Organization Collaborating Center (WHOCC) for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership, and we’ve been working with the WHO ever since.

We are a member of a global network of WHOCCs supporting WHO global health priorities.

Our work is focused on the goal of “health for all through nursing and midwifery.” As a collaborating center, we commit to a certain number of projects with the WHO during each four-year cycle of work. For 2022-2026, we are supporting the WHO and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in the Latin American and Caribbean region via three Terms of Reference (TOR). These TORs focus on 1) the increase in knowledge and understanding of maternal health and mortality, 2) the building of capacity in nursing education, and 3) strengthening nursing research.  

Global View Progress Report

From the impactful experiences of Perry World House Fellows, engaging in policy projects and international collaborations, to the School’s involvement in developing an innovative curriculum at VinUniversity in Vietnam—and initiatives everywhere in between—Penn Nursing’s commitment to global health leadership is critical for building a healthier world. Read on for an update on the exciting progress Penn Nursing is making across the world.

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  • Cover of LINKS magazine, June 2022

    LINKS magazine | June 2022

    This edition of LINKS includes a special 12-page report by Drs. Lake, Perez, Vargas, and Villarruel on the Penn Nursing-hosted “Summit to Advance PhD Nursing Programs in Latin America & the Caribbean.”
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  • Cover of LINKS magazine, June 2021

    LINKS magazine | June 2021

    This edition of LINKS covers a few of the many experiences and accomplishments of nurses, midwives, students, and educators world-wide, during a critical COVID-19 period and features three Penn Nursing entries.
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  • Cover of PAHO Nursing and Midwifery magazine

    Contributions of Nursing and Midwifery Professionals to Women’s Health

    This PAHO publication contains reports from countries throughout the Americas, highlighting the initiatives of health professionals who work to ensure equity in health in order to achieve universal access to health and universal health coverage.
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