Mount Sinai Designated as First PAHO-WHO Collaborating Centre in Children’s Environmental Health in United States

Mount Sinai School of Medicine is the first fully designated PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre in Children’s Environmental Health in the U.S.

New York, NY
 – October 13, 2010 /Press Release/  –– 

Becoming the first center of its type in the United States, Mount Sinai School of Medicine has been designated by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) as a PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre in Children’s Environmental Health.

Mount Sinai joins The Institute for Child Health Research in Australia; The Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí in Mexico; and The University of the Republic in Uruguay as one of only four fully designated Collaborating Centres in Children’s Environmental Health in the world.

As a Collaborating Centre, Mount Sinai will partner with WHO in building global capacity in children’s environmental health through conducting conferences, developing training modules, and providing mentorship, internships, and training fellowships to health professionals from the region of the Americas, especially Latin America, and also in Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific. Additionally, it will assist WHO in establishing prospective epidemiological studies researching the effects of the environment on children’s health while also developing estimates of the economic cost of pediatric diseases of environmental origin, which ultimately will guide WHO in the development of country-specific blueprints for disease prevention and health promotion.

“This represents the culmination of a two-year process, and it marks attainment of one of the specific goals I had set for Mount Sinai Global Health,” said Philip Landrigan, MD, Dean for Global Health, Professor and Chair of Preventive Medicine and Director of the Children's Environmental Health Center at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. “This designation will substantially elevate the profile of our global health programs at Mount Sinai.”

The WHO Collaborating Centres are institutions such as research institutes, parts of universities or academies which are designated by the WHO Director-General to carry out activities in support of the Organization's programs. Currently there are over 800 WHO Collaborating Centres in over 80 Member States working with WHO on areas such as nursing, occupational health, communicable diseases, nutrition, mental health, chronic diseases and health technologies.

About The Mount Sinai Medical Center

The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses both The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Established in 1968, Mount Sinai School of Medicine is one of few medical schools embedded in a hospital in the United States. It has more than 3,400 faculty in 32 departments and 15 institutes, and ranks among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institute of Health funding and by U.S. News & World Report. The school received the 2009 Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses both The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Established in 1968, Mount Sinai School of Medicine is one of few medical schools embedded in a hospital in the United States. It has more than 3,400 faculty in 32 departments and 15 institutes, and ranks among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institute of Health funding and by U.S. News & World Report. The school received the 2009 Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

The Mount Sinai Hospital, founded in 1852, is a 1,171-bed tertiary- and quaternary-care teaching facility and one of the nation's oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks The Mount Sinai Hospital among the nation's best hospitals based on reputation, patient safety, and other patient-care factors. Nearly 60,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients last year, and approximately 530,000 outpatient visits took place.

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