Welcome Message

Wipada Kunaviktikul, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dean, Chiang Mai University Faculty of Nursing

On behalf of the Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University, it gives me great pleasure to invite you to the Advocacy and Policy: Strengthening the Voices and Capacities of Health Professionals: The 13th Biennial Conference of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery. The general conference will be held here in Chiang Mai from June 16 to 18, 2020.

As a WHO Collaborating Centre in Nursing and Midwifery Development since 2003, we are proud to host this event. It will serve as an opportunity for an international group of academics, practitioners, researchers, and research students to explore current capacity building around health advocacy and policy, and to understand implications for nursing education, research, and practice.

For nursing scholars and professionals involved in the WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery, we will also be holding the WHOCCNM executive meeting, regional meetings, and midwifery global consultation prior to the conference, on 15 June 2020, as well as the WHOCCNM general meeting following the conference, on 19 June 2020.

I hope you will join us at this exciting event and to participate in the global dialogue around enhancing health care capacity building towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and health for all.


Wipada Kunaviktikul, RN, PhD, FAAN
Professor and Dean, Faculty of Nursing
Chiang Mai University

Patricia M. Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN

Dean, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Co-Secretary General, Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centers for Nursing & Midwifery

Nancy Reynolds, PHD, RN, C‐NP, FAAN

Assoc. Dean of Global Affairs, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Co-Secretary General, Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centers for Nursing & Midwifery

It has been an exceptionally busy and rewarding time since we assumed responsibility for Secretariat of the Global Network of World Health Organization Collaborating Centers for Nursing and Midwifery (GNWHOCC). We have spent significant time learning about the skills and resources of the centers around the world, and developing strategies to leverage them into real improvements for nurses, midwives and people around the world. We have also dedicated ourselves to establishing our online presence, both through social media and the web, and are proud of our achievements in these areas.

2020 is a hugely important year for our profession. Now more than ever, it is critical that nursing has a strong and united voice for our profession and the communities we serve. Downward pressure on healthcare costs around the globe are fait accompli, and skilled and plentiful nurses remain integral to success in this type of environment. As the Secretariat, we look forward to continuing to work with you on ways to optimize our network’s engagement in these and other areas in 2020 and beyond.

Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank Chiang Mai University for hosting the 2020 meeting of the GNWHOCC. We are so grateful for their leadership, and we look forward to what we are certain will be an exceptional event.