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The WHO/PAHO Collaborating Centre to Advance the Policy on Research for Health (formerly the Center for World Health Promotion & Disease Prevention) was established in 2009 to support the global health activities of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation and the College of Health Solutions. The Center earned its coveted WHO/PAHO designation in 2016 and is led by co-directors David Coon and Carol Baldwin, who focus the work around developing collaborations and culturally responsive healthcare on a global scale.
Center activities include development of research funding, integration of evidence-based, cost-effective health promotion with processes to improve quality of care, and transdisciplinary study of chronic disease including obesity, asthma, cardiovascular disease, sleep disorders, mood disorders, and cancer. Researchers test interventions such as risk reducing products and processes to improve quality of care and quality of life in developed and developing countries.