Carty Elected to Key Role in Health Care Policy

Posted: October 11, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Patty Snellings

Rita Carty, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Science, has been named secretary-general of the Global Network of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery Development. She assumed her duties Oct. 1.

“Nursing is the largest health care profession worldwide,” Carty says. “The global perspective that comes with this position is extremely challenging, but one that George Mason University is prepared to accept.”

George Mason was elected to house the 2000-04 secretariat at a recent meeting of the network, which comprises more than 30 countries. “To be chosen for this key responsibility by our peers is a great honor for the university. It means we are being recognized for our leadership and ability to facilitate the work of the network,” says Carty. “It also enhances the globalization of the university to have an academic unit selected to hold such an influential role in international health care policy.”

The college was designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre in 1991. The goals of the center include developing models and methodologies to strengthen and support primary health care, educational programs and research. Thirty-four of approximately 1,000 interdisciplinary WHO Collaborating Centres are designated for nursing and midwifery.

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