The maternal and child health program within the Colorado School of Public Health’s Center for Global Health has been re-designated by the World Health Organization as a WHO Collaborating Center for Promoting Family and Child Health. The program, which is a partnership between Children’s Hospital Colorado (Children’s Colorado) and the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH), is the only maternal and child health collaborating center in North America.
[Photo: A mother and child at the Trifinio Center for Human Development]
WHO collaborating centers are institutions such as research institutes, parts of universities or academics that are designated, in four-year increments, by WHO’s Director General to carry out activities in support of the WHO programs. Currently, there are more than 800 WHO Collaborating Centers in over 80 countries working with the WHO on areas such as nursing, occupational health, communicable diseases, nutrition, mental health, chronic diseases and health technologies.
Since being designated in 2012, ColoradoSPH’s Center for Global Health has been able to expand several key programs on a global scale, including the Helping Babies Breathe initiative, the Pediatrics in Disasters training development, as well as services at the Trifinio Center for Human Development, which provides care to children and families living in impoverished communities in southwest Guatemala.
Through the re-designation, the Center for Global Health’s maternal and child health program will continue to focus on four major program outcomes in partnership with the WHO and its regional affiliate, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO):
By working with the WHO, ColoradoSPH’s Center for Global Health is helping address needs for sustainable economic development in some of the poorest areas of the world by way of improving familiar economic conditions, providing educational opportunities for children, and reducing maternal and child mortality.
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