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Florida International Signs Agreement with PAHO/WHO

Florida International University (FIU) Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work proves its relevance beyond education and development with a new framework agreement with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/ World Health Organization (WHO).

The agreement, pronounced on June 7 at FIU’s Washington, DC office, serves to establish the terms and conditions to govern the collaboration’s work on education, research, policy and advocacy on global health issues. Dr. Carlos Espinal, director of Stempel College’s Global Health Consortium (GHC), signed the agreement in conjunction with PAHO’s Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis Department on behalf of the FIU Board of Trustees.

The agreement between FIU and PAHO/WHO will assist in the development of scientific and academic relations, as well as mutual support on research initiatives and education. As part of the vision, both institutions will coordinate actions and work to support Latin American and Caribbean countries in improving health and sustainable quality of life. They will emphasize vector-borne diseases, antimicrobial resistance and all transmissible disease-related issues that adversely impact the regions.

In today’s constantly changing world, there is a need for well-versed public health experts who are supported by strong evidence-based research. The GHC is dedicated to improving population health on a global scale, and this noteworthy agreement will implement change through ample technical cooperation, evidence production and dissemination, the development of tools to improve health information, as well as the analysis, prevention and control of communicable and zoonotic diseases.

“We are thrilled to have this agreement with PAHO/WHO as we transform into a truly “International” college and will enhance the public health educational and research collaborations with our Caribbean and South American neighbors” said Stempel College Dean Tomás Guilarte.

PAHO is committed to ensuring that the general public has quality access to health care. Their commitments to FIU include providing technical cooperation, supporting the GHC through the participation of professionals and experts, and assisting the GHC in obtaining resources that contribute to their cooperation activities.

Dr. Espinal will serve as the overall coordinator for the agreement, alongside PAHO’s Dr. Marcos Espinal. Together, they will direct the technical and program development activities and help shape the future of global health throughout the Americas.

“This agreement provides the platform to position the GHC and Stempel College as leaders in the global and public health field,” said Dr. Espinal. “It will also potentiate the college’s efforts to obtain funding resources for research and education on relevant health needs.”