College of Medicine Redesignated a World Health Organization collaborating center

Rockford, Ill. - The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford has been re-designated as a PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center for Developing Sustainable Human Resources for Health. The designation comes from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO).
As part of the designation, the College of Medicine and the National Center for Rural Health Professions will collaborate with other institutions to implement and evaluate education reforms in health care and investigate best practices regarding medical education and professions in rural areas. They will also develop distance learning courses for trainers that focuses on primary health care with emphasis on rural health professions education and underserved communities. 
“I would like to express my deep appreciation for the contribution made by the Center to the PAHO/WHO programs on medical education,” said Mirta Roses Periago, Director or PAHO about the College of Medicine.
The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford has served the area since 1971 as a regional academic health science center. The University clinics are located in Rockford, Rockton, Belvidere and Mt. Morris.