On Friday, March 9, Dr. Laura Magaña, President & CEO, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU), one with Mr. Robert Otok, Director, and Dr. Katarzyna Czabanowska, President, Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER) and another with Dr. Mauricio Hernández-Ávila, President International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI).
“Global alliances and collaborations will make us stronger and more effective to tackle the public health challenges ahead of us. We are excited to get started and look forward to working with ASPHER and IANPHI,” said Dr. Magaña, President of ASPPH.
The goal of the MoU’s is to establish a formal relationship with both ASPHER and IANPHI with the interest of strengthening academic public health, workforce development, and sharing expertise. The Associations will work together on the promotion and organization of workshops, conferences and training seminars, the development of projects, and the dissemination of activities. It is anticipated that the partnerships will focus on several areas including undergraduate initiatives, workforce development, academic and cultural exchanges, and global research.
“There is now a growing consensus that only global collaborative action for health is needed to address health inequalities, strengthen governance of public health services, and support the development of an effective and resilient public health workforce. Therefore, the MoU between ASPHER and ASPPH is a springboard to bring together the collective knowledge and experience of both organizations in the area of public health education and training, research, adequate policy tools, and practice,” said Dr. Czabanowska, President of ASPHER.
“With this MOU, we open doors to improve global health security. Linking National Public Health Institutes with ASPPH will open important opportunities for our workforce. We are connecting theory with practice and using the training needs of the workforce to inform what is taught in the classroom,” said Dr. Hernández-Ávila, President of IANPHI.
The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) is the voice of academic public health, representing schools and programs accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). ASPPH’s mission is to advance leadership, excellence, and collaboration in public health education, research, and practice.
The Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER) is the key independent European organisation dedicated to strengthening the role of public health by improving education and training of public health professionals for both practice and research. It has more than 120 members in 43 countries and reaches more than 150 public health education and training institutions in Europe.
The International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI) links and strengthens the government agencies responsible for public health using an evidence-based international framework for development. IANPHI’s network of over one hundred members allows the exchange of best practices and technical capacity to improve the world’s health by leveraging the experience and expertise of its member institutes to build robust public health systems. Its unique peer-to-peer model, supported by targeted investments, leads to long-term national self-sufficiency.