Global Initiatives

The Global Initiatives team at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing is a leader in nursing practice, education, and research. Global Initiatives is committed to advancing nursing practice around the world with a focus on international partnerships and collaboration.

Our work spans six continents through practice, education, and research program. Global Initiatives delivers high-quality research, enhances clinical and preventative care, and fosters active learning and teaching through collaboration among faculty, students, researchers, patients and targeted populations. We currently have programs in 15 countries and historical experience in an additional 13 and collaborate with NYU campuses in Shanghai and Ghana.


Our mission is to conduct research and implement programs that address health disparities, inform clinical practice and improve the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities in the US and throughout the world. We promote translational science through generating, disseminating, and using knowledge for policy and practice. 

Explore where we work below.

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Advanced Nursing Practice Program in Lithuania
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Specialties Nursing education, Global, Nursing workforce, Community/population health, Primary care, Acute care

Collaborative Partners: NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing and LUHS Medical Academy, Faculty of Nursing

Collaboration to Advance Nurse Practitioner Competencies in Master’s Degree Programs
PI/DirectorMary Jo Vetter
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Specialties Home care, Primary care, Gerontology

Collaborative Partner - Kalaidos University, Zurich

Ghana Nurse Leaders
PI/DirectorRobin Toft Klar
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Specialties Nursing education, Nursing workforce

Executive education program in leadership development for nurse managers in Ghana that seeks to improve participants’ abilities to lead change and improve nursing practice in the Ghana Health Service.

Ghana PA Curriculum Development
PI/DirectorRobin Toft Klar

Development of an eLearning Physician Assistant curriculum for use at the university level in Ghana

Global Oral Health Nursing Scholar
PI/DirectorRobin Toft Klar

One nurse from Tanzania (Masunga Iseselo) was chosen to come to NYU as a visiting scholar to adapt the Smiles for Life curriculum for nurses in Tanzania. He is now working to implement a pilot program in two regions of Tanzania to train nurses in the oral health curriculum.

Implementation of a Sexual Health Intervention for YMSM in two Vietnamese Cities
PI/DirectorLloyd A Goldsamt

Implementing and evaluating a Sexual Health Promotion intervention that engages young male sex workers in care, including testing and treatment for STIs, testing and referral for HIV, and vaccination for HBV.

Implementing Tobacco Use Treatment

Implementing tobacco use treatment guidelines in public health clinics in Vietnam

International Adaptation of the Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders (NICHE)
Project PeriodPresent
Specialties Gerontology, Nursing workforce

This study seeks to adapt the NICHE model to international contexts as a model to address the growing demand for high quality geriatric care and services. Partners from Canada and Bermuda provide ongoing feedback for how to adapt the model to English-speaking, non-US settings. In Singapore, the implementation site is evaluating how to adapt the model to the Singaporean context which has a multicultural staff from 12 countries with minimal education in geriatrics and no tradition of nurses leading quality improvement.

Liberia Health Workforce Program
PI/DirectorRobin Toft Klar
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Specialties Nursing workforce

In planning stage to respond to anticipated RFP for this large-scale HRH program in Liberia, funded by the World Bank

Mobilizing Maternal Health: Capacity Building to Improve Mentoring and Precepting Skills in Tanzanian Nurses and Midwives
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Specialties Nursing workforce, Maternal global health

This study sought to develop mentoring and precepting skills of Tanzanian nurses and midwives working in government and faith-based facilities in northern Tanzania. The goal was to develop mentoring and precepting skills in these cadres to improve worker retention and quality of care. We built a comprehensive training program and completed a follow up evaluation of how the materials were used by the funding partner to sustain the program post-development.

Partnership with Chinese University
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Specialties HIV/AIDS, Primary care, Substance use


Rwanda Human Resources for Health (HRH) Program
PI/DirectorRobin Toft Klar
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Specialties Nursing workforce, Nursing education

Launched in August, 2012, the HRH Rwanda Program is a partnership among the Rwanda Ministry of Health (MOH), Rwandan health care facilities & academic institutions, 23 top US academic institutions (nursing, medicine, dentistry, health administration ), & funders including the US Government (PEPFAR, USAID, CDC) & the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. 

Sectoral Attitudes of Ecuadorians toward Refugees
PI/DirectorMichele Shedlin
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Specialties Global, Vulnerable & marginalized populations

The study is a follow-up to the NIH R21 study of Colombian Refugees from the Drug Wars in Ecuador, with PI Michele Shedlin. The current project is a small qualitative study with different sectors of the society (police, legislators, journalists, etc.) regarding attitudes toward refugees, working with the NGO FUNSAD. Dr. Shedlin is a Co-Investigator to the project.

World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Gerontologic Nursing Education
PI/DirectorMadeline Naegle
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Specialties Gerontology, Chronic disease

NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing was first designated as a World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Gerontologic Nursing Education in 2004 and has since been renewed every four years. It is one of more than 800 WHO CCs worldwide and 47  WHO CCs based on schools of nursing. It is a member of the Pan American Network of Nursing and Midwifery Collaborating Centers and  the Global Network of Nursing and Midwifery Collaborating Centers. It is based within the NYU Meyers Global Initiatives.