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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. 


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

Terms of Reference 2021-2025

  • Support PAHO/WHO to facilitate information exchange and promote equitable access to information and scientific knowledge to enable global nursing and midwifery communities of practice.

  • To contribute to PAHO/WHO’s work in the growth, development, and deployment of learning and informed online environments to address the Sustainable Development Goals, improve universal access to health and universal health coverage, and advance nursing and midwifery.

  • To support the implementation of the WHO Global Strategic Directions for Nursing and Midwifery (SDNM) 2021-2025 at regional and global level.

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

The Global Alliance for Nursing & Midwifery (GANM)

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