Global Health Initiatives

Implementation, improvement and systems sciences key in great moments

Obstetrics and Gynecology has published as a Personal Perspective The Howard Taylor keynote lecture, presented by Herbert Peterson, at the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) XXI World Congress in Vancouver, British Columbia (see item below). The impact of the developing field of implementation science is featured as it impacts the progress and improvement of women and children’s health globally.


World Health Organization redesignates UNC’s Collaborating Center

The World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Research Evidence for Sexual and Reproductive Health, based in the Department of Maternal and Child Health of the Gillings School of Global Public Health at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, has received in November 2016 its second redesignation by the World Health Organization. Directed by Herbert Peterson, MD, Kenan Distinguished Professor of maternal and child health and obstetrics and gynecology, the Center supports the United Nations agencies’ effort to improve global sexual and reproductive health based on the strongest possible science.

Originally designated in 2008, the Center activities incorporate development and support of  implementation science platforms, programs, and evaluations to improve and advance the science of implementation for maternal and newborn health, including family planning.


WHO Collaborating Center to support implementation/improvement activities for FPNTC

The World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Research Evidence for Sexual and Reproductive Health has been awarded a cooperative agreement award from DHHS. Administered by JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc, the Collaborating Center will support implementation and improvement activities of a new Family Planning National Training Center incorporating the rapidly evolving field of implementation science to assure that activities are based upon the best science. Read story.


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WHO Policy and Coordination Committee invited presentation

During an invited presentation to the Policy and Coordination Committee’s June 2016 meeting, Center Director Herbert Peterson discussed implementation science and how WHO may use it more effectively. Among the committees final recommendations are that HRP continue to build its work, partnerships and capacity in the area of implenetation research, explore strategies to prioritize, develop and conduct implementation research activities and that HRP organize a consultation to identify priorities and mechanisms for work on implementation science.


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Global health great moments topic of FIGO Howard Taylor Lecture

The Howard Taylor keynote lecture, presented by Herbert Peterson, at the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) XXI World Congress in Vancouver, British Columbia, addressed great moments in the history of global health, the remarkable progress in improving the health of women and children globally and the potential for even greater triumphs with the new Sustainable Development Goals.

During his lecture entitled, “Great Moments in Global Health and Why We’re in One Now”, Peterson spoke of the opportunity to be part of the greatest global health triumph in human history through UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030) – an initiative to end preventable deaths of women, children and adolescents, to improve their overall health and well-being, and to bring about the transformative change needed to shape a more prosperous and sustainable future. Citing great moments from the past, such as smallpox eradication, Peterson noted success depended on multiple factors, including political will and priority, scientific and technologic progress, and strong partnerships.

“We have the political will. We have the science and technology – including the developing fields of implementation science, improvement science and systems science – to assure that effective interventions are effectively implemented in contexts that support that implementation,” he said. “And we have partnerships being forged that will provide the real collaborations needed to realize the full potential of this wonderful moment.”

Peterson is the UNC Kenan Distinguished Professor of maternal and child health in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and obstetrics and gynecology in the UNC School of Medicine. He is also Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Research Evidence for Sexual and Reproductive Health.


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WHO Collaborating Center at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health to partner in global effort to end preventable deaths of women, children and adolescents by 2030. Read story


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WHO-CC convenes implementation science and improvement science leaders for symposium

The WHO Collaborating Center for Research Evidence for Sexual and Reproductive Health will host a symposium, “Implementation Science and Improvement Science: Ready to Converge in Support of Global Health?” May 28 in conjunction with the Global Implementation Conference in Dublin, Ireland.

Under the leadership of center director, Herbert Peterson, the symposium will bring together key thought leaders from these fields to present their views on how best to use the overlap and complementary work between implementation science and improvement science to greatest advantage in service of global health. There will be presentations, a panel discussion, and a time for audience interaction.