MCMASTER UNIVERSITY

WHO Collaborating Centre for Primary Care Nursing and Health Human Resources

DIRECTOR

Andrea Baumann

Ruta Valaitis

STAFF

Sue Giavedoni

Halina Connor

TERMS OF REFERENCE

Collaborate with WHO/PAHO to analyze nursing workforce to inform health human resources and healthy services policies.

Collaborate with WHO/PAHO to in strengthening nursing education to contribute to the development of PHC integrated services.

Collaborate with WHO in developing and disseminating knowledge related to nursing human resources and inter professional collaboration to address workforce needs.

ANNUAL REPORT 2019

Focused in primary health care (PHC) nursing and health human resources, the Centre works collaboratively with faculty internally at McMaster across various disciplines, and with institutions in the Nursing and Midwifery Global Network. McMaster is among the 42 PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centres targeted specifically in areas within nursing and midwifery. Since July 1, 2018 the centre has worked hard on the following activities:

    • University of the West Indies (UWI) – McMaster’s partnership with the University of the West Indies (UWI) has enabled three graduate students from the Master of Science in Global Health program to complete their field practicums in Jamaica. The World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre at UWI has been tasked with documenting the status of nursing and midwifery human resources in the Caribbean region. Over ten weeks, from May-July 2018, students worked with professors from UWI, while liaising with a supervisory team at McMaster to conduct an analysis of the reports, documents, literature and databases available on health human resources in the region. This activity is ongoing and we will be sending another two students this year, May-July 2019, to complete the work.
    • In July 2018, the centre’s Co-Chair received a grant “Integrating Registered Nurses into Primary Care Across Canada”, Canadian Institute for Health Research Project Grant to examine international literature & set groundwork for competency development for family practice nurses in Canada.
    • Carter, N., Valaitis, R.K., *Lam, A., *Feather, J., *Nicholl, J., & Cleghorn, L. (2018). Navigation delivery models and roles of navigators in primary care: A scoping literature review. BMC Health Services Research, 18:96. doi: 10.1186/s12913-018-2889-0.
    • Berta, W., Laporte, A., Perreira, T., Ginsburg, L., Rohit Dass, A., Deber, R., Baumann, A., Bourgeault, I.,Lum, J., Gamble, B., Pilkington, K., Haroun, V., & Neves, P. (2018). Relationships between work outcomes, work attitudes and work environments of health support workers in long term care and home & community care settings. Human Resources for Health. 16:15; 1-11. 
    • Baumann, A., Hunsberger, M., Crea-Arsenio, M., Akhtar-Danesh, N., & Alameddine, M. (2018). A government policy to full-time nursing employment in Ontario, Canada: An evaluation. Health Policy, 122, 109-114. doi:10.1016/j.healthpol.2017.07.001
    • Summer, 2018: International Interdisciplinary Summer Institute
    • October 24th, 2018: Global Transition within local communities: Small places, big changes International Symposium
      October 15-26, 2018
    • Nursing Scholars (Advanced Practice Nurses) from the University of South-Eastern Norway: 2-week institute in Canada.
    • International Interdisciplinary Summer Institute: Delegation of 16 health care professionals from Thailand’s Praboromarajchanok Institute for Health Workforce Development (PIHWD), Ministry of Public Health (MPH) and 5 Doctorate Nursing Scholars from the University of South Eastern Norway will participate in the annual IISI in June 2019. The IISI provides faculty from different parts of the world with a unique opportunity to explore health science education in a way that is interactive, informative, and practical.
    • Delegation of 12-16 undergraduate and graduate nursing students from Kitisato University in Japan will participate in a tailored international summer institute August 5-23, 2019.
    • The GHO will co-host the eighth Chanchlani Global Health Research Award & Lecture with the Chanchlani Research Centre in February 2020. 
    • Joint Global Health Concentration: The Global Health Office and University of South-Eastern Norway created a joint course (Global Transition within local communities: Small places, big changes). Global Health Graduate Students traveled to USN for 13 weeks to take the full concentration in the winter; Nursing Faculty and Norwegian Graduate students from USN traveled to McMaster to learn about Advanced Nursing Practice programs/roles in Canada as well as participate in Clinical Observation experience.
    • International Interdisciplinary Summer Institute (IISI) a delegation of 15 health care professionals from Thailand’s Praboromarajchanok Institute for Health Workforce Development (PIHWD), Ministry of Public Health (MPH) participated in the annual IISI in June 2018. The IISI provides faculty from different parts of the world with a unique opportunity to explore health science education in a way that is interactive, informative, and practical.
    • The 6th Chanchlani Global Health Research Award & Lecture with the Chanchlani Research Centre February 12th, 2018. The award was presented to Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian.
    • Partnering with Employers: Increasing IEN Employment in Health Care Organizations. The research team worked with government and employers who hire Internationally Educated Nurses so they are integrated into the workforce.
    • The Hurdle of Employment: Integrating Internationally Educated Nurses into Ontario’s Workforce – to increase the uptake and integration of licensed IENs