IANPHI Signs Memorandum of Understanding with ASPPH

On March 9, 2018, IANPHI President Dr. Mauricio Hernández-Ávila signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dr. Laura Magaña, president and CEO of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). ASPPH also signed at the same time a MOU with Robert Otok, director, and Dr. Katarzyna Czabanowska, president of the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER).

The goal of the MoUs is to establish formal relationships between IANPHI, ASPPH and ASPHER with the interest of strengthening academic public health, workforce development, and sharing expertise. The Associations will work together on the promotion and organization of workshops, conferences and training seminars, the development of projects, and the dissemination of activities. It is anticipated that the partnerships will focus on several areas including undergraduate initiatives, workforce development, academic and cultural exchanges, and global research. 

The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) is the voice of academic public health, representing schools and programs accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). ASPPH’s mission is to advance leadership, excellence, and collaboration in public health education, research, and practice. 

The  Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER) is the key independent European organisation dedicated to strengthening the role of public health by improving education and training of public health professionals for both practice and research. It has more than 120 members in 43 countries and reaches more than 150 public health education and training institutions in Europe.   

“With this MOU, we open doors to improve global health security. Linking National Public Health Institutes with ASPPH will open important opportunities for our workforce. We are connecting theory with practice and using the training needs of the workforce to inform what is taught in the classroom,” said Dr. Hernández-Ávila, President of IANPHI.  

“Global alliances and collaborations will make us stronger and more effective to tackle the public health challenges ahead of us. We are excited to get started and look forward to working with ASPHER and IANPHI,” said Dr. Magaña. 

“There is now a growing consensus that only global collaborative action for health is needed to address health inequalities, strengthen governance of public health services, and support the development of an effective and resilient public health workforce. Therefore, the MoU between ASPHER and ASPPH is a springboard to bring together the collective knowledge and experience of both organizations in the area of public health education and training, research, adequate policy tools, and practice,” said Dr. Czabanowska. 

You can also read this story on the ASPPH website.

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