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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, engaging in national and international activities that respond to nursing information, communication and knowledge management needs. 

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 coming together to build the capacity of nurses and midwives, and improve the health of communities globally through online discussions, online library resources, and professional connections in all latitudes of the world. Our platform allows for equitable access to the discussions regardless of internet bandwidth, giving nurses and midwives a global voice.  In addition to this, the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center hosts webinars by global experts on critical topics such as maternal/newborn health, midwifery, technology and global clinical issues.  Webinars are recorded and shared on our GANM online engagement platform with our written blogs and library resources. 


Patricia Davidson, PhD, RN, FAAN,
Dean Emeriti, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
Vice-Chancellor, University of Wollongong

Nancy Reynolds, PhD, RN, ANP, FAAN,
Associate Dean for Global Affairs, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

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.

Collaborating Center Information

The Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centers for Nursing & Midwifery

PAHO Collaborating Center General Information

WHO Collaborating Center Central Database

Resources for Global Nursing and Midwifery

GANM IBP Xchange Online Community Engagement Platform 

GANM IBP Xchange Online Community Engagement Tutorial (Video)

GANM IBP Email Listserv