During the November meeting of the ASPPH Board of Directors, the Board unanimously approved signing a Collaboration Agreement with the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI). This same agreement was also approved by the IANPHI Board of Directors during their meeting in October. IANPHI represents public health institutes around the world, linking and strengthening the government agencies responsible for public health, many of which also have educational responsibilities, including offering degree-conferring programs. With 100 members representing 88 countries, IANPHI plays a vital role in bolstering global public health capacity and addressing critical public health challenges.
ASPPH is committed to improving population health locally, nationally, and globally. As part of this vision, the ASPPH Global Health Committee is focused on building and strengthening partnerships with global health partners, especially regarding educational issues, to build a well-prepared public health workforce. In today’s globalized world, the need for a robust, well-educated public health workforce, bolstered by a strong evidence base, is glaringly evident. The Collaboration Agreement between ASPPH and IANPHI will help to develop academic and cultural exchanges as well as mutual assistance on education and research interests.
Dr. Mauricio Hernandez-Avila, president of IANPHI and dean of the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico, indicated that: “The concept of the IANPHI-ASPPH agreement is to work with the ASPPH to construct educational resources to improve global preparedness and outbreak control through training and capacity building programs for IANPHI members from the most unprotected and under-developed countries, and provide Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) through the ASPPH school members with experience in developing this educational resource.”
For more information on IANPHI, please visit their website.