The mission of the WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center is to work to improve the health of older people in the Americas, with focus on the neediest populations. The Center emphasizes research in health behaviors and outcomes among the elderly in Latin America and Hispanic populations in the U.S.
This is accomplished by equipping countries with population data, proven best-practice tools, knowledge solutions, and expertise, and by activating networks and partnerships that catalyze and sustain positive change. The purpose of the WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center is:
- To collaborate with World Health Organization (WHO) and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in identifying institutions in Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America willing to establish formal research collaborations and pursue opportunities for clinical and scientific training with a focus on older adults.
- To support a faculty exchange program with partner institutions whereby faculty spend 3-12 months learning and applying research and scientific methods to the study of older Latino adults.
- To establish training opportunities in aging research for doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows from Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America.
- To establish clinical fellowship experiences for physicians, nurses and other health care professionals from partner institutions in geriatric medicine and health care.
- To cooperate and collaborate with WHO and PAHO on the translation and dissemination of research findings on older adults through conferences, publications and electronic media to improve clinical practices, refine educational curricula and shape public policy.
The Center will focus its research program towards health behaviors and chronic diseases among the elderly in Latin America populations.