Recognizing the challenge of global health needs and the power of an international network of health professionals to address them, Networking the Americas Consortium of Nursing and Allied Health (NACNAH) for International Cooperation was established in 1993 with the financial support of the Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education (FIPSE).
The initial NACNAH Agreement of Cooperation was signed by Pace University (Westchester and New York City, New York), Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), and Saint Joseph College (West Hartford, Connecticut). Many other institutions have become charter members since that time.
Working in collaboration with its European counterpart, the Consortium of Institutes of Higher Education in Health and Rehabilitation in Europe (COHEHRE), NACNAH embarked on a mission to enhance the educational preparation of students in Nursing and Allied Health professions. The organization promotes opportunities and offers resources central to effectively integrating a strong international dimension in the curriculum. NACNAH hopes to foster partnerships among colleagues around the world to address the health needs of a diverse society.
Networking the Americas Consortium of Nursing and Allied Health for International Cooperation was established on the belief that the development and quality of higher education for health care professionals will be enhanced by international cooperation and the addition of an international dimension to the educational activities of its members. NACNAH goals include:
NACNAH, with its interdisciplinary membership, provides a framework for links between members for their mutual benefit and cooperates with public and private organizations which may enhance the achievement of its objectives.