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The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and World Health Organization (WHO) re-designated the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) as a Collaborating Center for Nursing Knowledge, Information Management and Sharing. The JHSON is the first PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center concentrating specifically on nursing information and communication technologies. The CC engages in national and international activities that respond to nursing information, communication and knowledge management needs. We engage is a variety of activities and most of our communications and discussions occur with nurses throughout the world through the Global Alliance for Nursing and Midwifery.

Our Collaborating Center hosts the Global Alliance for Nursing and Midwifery (GANM) which supports the professional development of nurses and midwives through collaborative networking and education.  The GANM is an online community of practice that consists of more than 3700 professionals from all over the world.  The primary communication is via e-mail.  This allows for equitable access to the discussions regardless of internet bandwidth: we give nurses a global voice.  In addition to this, the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center has webinars hosted by global experts on topics such as maternal health, newborn health, technology, global clinical issues.  Webinars are structure with a 15-20 minute presentation and 10-15 minutes for questions and discussions. 


Patricia Davidson, PhD, RN, FAAN,
Dean, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Nancy Reynolds, PhD, RN, ANP, FAAN,
Associate Dean for Global Affairs

Terms of Reference 2017-2021

  • Collaborate with PAHO/WHO to facilitate and promote equitable access to information and scientific knowledge via the Global Alliance for Nursing and Midwifery (GANM) for the promotion and support of global nursing and midwifery communities of practice and other Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) supported activities.

  • Collaborate with PAHO/WHO to contribute to the growth, development and deployment of learning and informed online environments to address the social determinants of health and improve nursing, health and healthcare globally.

About the Center

Collaborating Center Information

Resources for Global Nursing and Midwifery

GANM Electronic Community of Practice