January 2021


This network of WHO Collaborating Centers within the American Regional Office (AMRO) region will be called PANMCC (referred to also as the Network).


PANMCC is a network of PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centres within the AMRO Region that supports the role of nurses and midwives in the advancement of “Universal Health Coverage” by addressing current health priorities and promoting regional and global cooperation.


The PANMCC network will be recognized as a reflection of the diversity of nurses and midwives in the AMRO Region to promote the global contributions of nursing and midwifery. PANMCC will serve as a resource to address current health priorities by developing knowledge, building capacity, strengthening health systems, and influencing policy to further “Universal Health Coverage.”


Goal 1: Promote “Universal Health Coverage” by addressing current health priorities.

Objective 1:    Members will maintain contact and collaborate with PAHO and the WHO to strategize efforts to promote a nursing and midwifery focus among the leadership at PAHO and WHO. [Ongoing. All Centers]

Objective 2:     Members will actively work with the WHO leadership for Nursing and Midwifery and appropriate PAHO advisors to promote their projects. [Ongoing. All Centers]

Objective 3:    Promote relationships with other WHO Collaborating Centers as a mechanism for increasing the influence of PANMCC centers and promote “Universal Health Coverage” by addressing current health priorities. [Ongoing. All Centers.]

Objective 4:    Promote relationships between and among WHO Collaborating Centers and regional and global networks, organizations, and institutions around current health priorities. [Ongoing. All Centers]

Goal 2: Use diverse methods to advance collaboration in the region to increase the contribution ofnursing and midwifery and act to promote the advancement of Collaborating Centers in Latin America, Mexico, the Caribbean, the United States, and Canada.

Objective 1:    Collaborating Centers, working independently or in teams, will identify possibilities for, and promote the advancement of Collaborating Centers in the region.

Objective 2:    Collaborating Centers, working independently or in teams, will promote the contributions of nursing and midwifery education, research and professionalism and promote the professionalization of nursing and midwifery through education, education and practice.

Objective 3:    Collaborating Centers, working independently or in teams, will focus on achieving health equity in region.

Executive Committee:

The Executive Committee is charged with 1) carrying out the provisions of the Charter; 2) maintaining communications with the Global Network Secretariat, senior nursing and midwifery leadership, and appropriate PAHO advisors; 3) making recommendations on the strategic objectives and activities of the Network to Network members; 4) planning meetings, including preparation of meeting agendas and supporting documents; and 5) building and maintaining a public presence for PANMCC. The Executive Committee also reviews requests for endorsements or other activities and makes recommendations to the Network members about such requests. In addition, the Executive Committee will conduct an annual review of the Charter, communicate suggested changes to the members, and document progress on goals and oversight of ad hoc strategic work groups.

The Executive Committee will include the Chair, Chair-Elect, Recorder, Treasurer, and a PAHO advisor (ex-officio). It is strongly recommended that members of the Executive Committee possess a range of capacities in the languages spoken in the PAHO region. The Executive Committee will meet as needed.  The membership of the Executive Committee will be representative of the different countries in the AMRO region. When necessary, the Executive Committee will designate a volunteer member to represent PANMCC at regional meetings and conferences in an official role.

  • is responsible for preparing and disseminating the minutes.  It is recommended that the Recorder play a principal role in maintaining the PANMCC website ( via WordPress in 2020).  To maintain balance in the Executive Committee, it is recommended that the Recorder be selected from a member institution outside of the U.S. 

Elections: It is also recommended that there be a “staggered election” (e.g., Chair-Elect and Recorder elected in even years, and Treasurer in odd years) of the Executive Committee to ensure continuity in the conduct of business.

Term of Office: Each member of the Executive Committee will serve a two-year term, with the Chair-Elect moving into the Chair position at the end of the two-year term. The Recorder and Treasurer may serve two consecutive terms. Transition to each position will begin on January 1st following the election.  

Election Process: Each year, three months prior to the annual PANMCC meeting, the Chair-Elect will sendan email to all PANMCC members inviting nominations for the offices that will be elected that year. One month prior to the annual meeting, the Chair-Elect will notify PANMCC members of nominees, invite comments, and provide a ballot, if necessary (for positions with more than one nominee). At the annual meeting, PANMCC members will announce the election results.


Meetings are held annually and on an “as needed” basis and may be held “face to face” or virtually using internet chat or web conferencing technology. PANMCC dues entitle each member center to send one representative to the annual face-to-face meeting. Additional guests will be charged a fee to cover  meeting costs.


Dues will be collected annually to cover meeting costs and support Network activities. The amount of dues for the year following will be stipulated at each annual meeting and will be payable no later than January 31st of the following year. Members from Caribbean and Latin American countries may request a reduction of 25% of the stipulated dues to be determined by the membership at annual meetings.


All WHO Collaborating Centers in the AMRO region that support the role of Nursing and Midwifery in advancing “Universal Health Coverage” through achieving “Sustainable Development Goals” and regional and global cooperation are eligible for membership.

Designation of PANMCC membership is by Collaborating Center and not by an individual representing the Center. Thus, when personnel change within Collaborating Centers, the representatives of a Collaborating Center fill the roles on the Executive Committee, pending approval by other members of the Executive Committee.

Honorary Membership:

Honorary membership may be conferred on persons who have made significant and exemplary contributions to further the goals of PANMCC, and to the Global Network or international nursing and/or midwifery. Honorary members must be approved by majority vote.

Honorary members participate in activities except for voting, holding appointments and being official representatives. Honorary members are responsible for the payment of associated meeting costs.

Participant Observers

There are two types of Participant Observer:

PAHO/WHO Representatives:

PAHO/WHO representatives are defined as PAHO and WHO Advisors whose work portfolios are relevant to nursing and midwifery in the PAHO region. These representatives will be invited to PANMCC meetings as appropriate to the agenda.

Meeting Guests:

Other guests (e.g., the Chief Nurse of the country hosting the meeting) may be invited to scheduled meetings as appropriate to the agenda.


Each Collaborating Center will have one vote.

Approved by PANMCC in September 2003

Revisions discussed and completed September 26, 2007; September 30, 2008;

September 21, 2009; September 30, 2011; January 29, 2021.

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