WHO Collaborating Center for Geriatric Nursing Education
NYU Meyers was first designated as a World Health Organization Nursing Collaborating Center in 2004 and has been renewed every four years. It is one of 48 nursing WHO CCs worldwide and is a member of the Pan American and Global Networks of Nursing and Midwifery Collaborating Centers. The work of the Center focuses on projects to build the capacity for education and research on healthy aging and care of older adults in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region. Education and research projects are interdisciplinary with focused efforts to strengthen the roles of nurses in Latin America and the Caribbean while partnering with other health professional groups. Mandated to work within the WHO Pan American Health Organization region, the Center collaborates with 18 other nursing collaborating centers in the Americas and with a network of nursing organizations, geriatric institutes and schools of nursing, medicine, dentistry and public health. NYU Meyers faculty are guided by the WHO Terms of Reference for the Center (TORs) and serve on project specific teams to support education, research and scholarly exchange
The WHO CC faculty team is currently partnering with nursing Collaborating centers, supported by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, to create an online Competencies Resource Guide for the development of health professional competencies in the promotion of primary care and healthy aging and care of older adults. The program is designed to promote the use of evidence-based practices adapted for cultures and regional health professional practices. Nursing colleagues within the LAC are participating in the identification and endorsement of areas for competency development and learning strategies that will guide education and practice. The center designs an implements training and consultation in the forms of workshops, seminars and webinars.
The WHO CC is a member of the Pan American Network of Nursing and Midwifery Collaborating Centers (PANMCC) and the Global Network of Nursing/Midwifery Collaborating Centers. Professor Madeline A. Naegle serves as Director with Professor Michele Shedlin as Deputy Director.