Canadian Collaborating Centre Workshop:
Strengthening Capacity and Partnerships with PAHO in the Americas

University of Ottawa,
October 23rd and 24th, 2009

The McLaughlin Centre for Population Health Risk Assessment at the University of Ottawa, in partnership with Health Canada and the Pan American Health Organization, hosted the Canadian WHO/PAHO Collaborating Centre Workshop – Strengthening Capacity and Partnership with PAHO in the Americas, on October 23-24, 2009.
The first workshop of its kind, representatives from twenty-four of twenty-five Collaborating Centres participated, as well as representatives from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Government of Canada.  Over fifty participants contributed to discussions on the roles and responsibilities of Collaborating Centres and how they can more effectively engage in the region of the Americas.  One hundred percent of evaluation respondents agreed that the meeting met their expectations and expressed a desire for more regular meetings in the future.

“[I’m] impressed by the commitment –
high level people who contributed, stayed and were interested!”
– Collaborating Centre participant

 The specific workshop goals included the following:

  • To increase the knowledge base and heighten understanding among Canadian Collaborating Centre representatives and key Health Portfolio representatives of the Pan American Health Organization’s technical cooperation in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

  • To increase the knowledge base and improve the understanding among PAHO representatives of the technical expertise of the Canadian Collaborating Centres as well as of the Government of Canada’s structure and strategic priorities.

  • To learn from successful case-studies of Canada-PAHO partnerships in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

  • To provide an opportunity for Canadian Collaborating Centre representatives and key Health Portfolio representatives to network with their PAHO and Canadian counterparts in order to build trust and commitment, mobilize resources, and generate new ideas for collaboration around strategic priorities.

  • To develop and disseminate resources that will enhance communication linkages and offer practical information about funding resources for Canadian institutions.

To learn more about the Workshop, view online videos and presentations, visit