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Building nursing capacity, strengthening health systems, and improving global health
The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) Office of Global Health (OGH) emerged from UMSON’s 2003-2006 Strategic Plan, which called on the School to “establish a global health initiative in education, research, and practice.” In January 2009 the OGH was officially established with Dr. Jeffrey Johnson as director to lead the School’s effort to integrating and fostering global health activities, developing meaningful opportunities for students and faculty, and building sustainable partnerships that focus on strengthening the critical role of nurses in the global health workforce. The Office of Global Health is deeply committed to serving local and global communities through the lens of social justice.
This inaugural event, held April 4, 2013 at University of Maryland College Park (UMCP), was part of the “MPowering the State” Initiative. The day's theme was “Building Bridges to Promote Health,” maximizing collaboration between UMCP and UMB to promote health and develop solutions for all communities. More than 400 participants from UMCP and UMB attended. D.A. Henderson, a world renowned epidemiologist gave the keynote address about his experience leading the charge toward eradicating smallpox. More than 100 research posters were presented, covering a variety of topics and issues. The day concluded with networking roundtable discussions, including aging research, cancer control and prevention, health information technology, and tobacco control. UMSON’s Office of Global Health Director, Dr. Jeffrey Johnson, co-chaired the “Reengineering the Approach to Global Health” roundtable with Donald Milton, professor and director of the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health. Each roundtable identified opportunities for research and future collaborations between schools.
For more information on Public Health Research @ Maryland 2013 visit: http://sph.umd.edu/PHRM.
For more information on the “MPowering the State” initiative visit: http://mpowermaryland.com.
In 2002, UMSON was named the first Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization Collaborating Center (PAHO/WHO CC) for Mental Health Nursing in the United States; one of only two in North, Central, and South America. The center functioned as an independent program within the Office of Global Health. Its primary responsibility was the completion of Terms of Reference developed every five years through consultation with PAHO/WHO, with the intention of furthering PAHO resolutions and promoting the WHO’s strategic directions while utilizing strengths of UMSON faculty and staff.
The center worked on a qualitative survey of the mental health nursing workforce in Latin America with the goal of better understanding the context, content, and conditions related to the practice of mental health nursing in Mexico, Central and South America, Canada, and the Caribbean. In August 2010, a final report was submitted to PAHO/WHO to assist their efforts in addressing the region’s mental health human resource needs.
In March 2010, the PAHO/WHO CC collaborated with the University of the West Indies, Jamaica, PAHO and the Violence Prevention Alliance of Jamaica to establish a multidisciplinary team to prevent workplace violence, share nursing expertise related to work and health research, and develop relevant trainings in health care settings.
A Woman’s Worth: Gender & Health Inequities Across a Lifespan
The sixth annual Nurses for Global Health Conference was held April 12, 2013 at UMSON. Keynote speaker Emilie J.B. Calvello, MD, MPH, assistant professor, University of Maryland Department of Emergency Medicine, discussed gender discrimination and factors of health inequity. Other speakers included Maureen Black, PhD, a pediatric psychologist who spoke about gender and nutrition; Nancy Glass, PhD, MPH, RN, president of the Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International, who discussed gender violence; and Kiranpreet Chawla, PhD, MPH, an OB-GYN and faculty member at the University of Maryland School of Medicine who held a discussion on maternal health. An interdisciplinary panel representing law, nursing, public health, and U.S. organizations was held during a lunch seminar. The conference concluded with a salute to Heroes of Baltimore: Bonnie Lane, the creator of “Word on the Street,” Baltimore’s street newspaper written and sold by people with the experience of homelessness; Lisa Stambolis, RN, CPNP, director of pediatric and adolescent health at Healthcare for the Homeless in Baltimore; and Denene Yates, founder and director of Safe House of Hope, a place for women who have experienced sexual abuse to relax and start to dream again.