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American University of Armenia

To Collaborate with Ministry of Health of the Republic of Armenia

Yerevan, Armenia, Nov.12-At the invitation of the Ministry of Health (MOH) of the Republic of Armenia, the American University of Armenia (AUA) entered into an affiliation agreement with the Ministry's School for Health Care Management and Administration (SHCMA). This agreement further strengthens the close working relationship between the AUA College of Health Sciences and the Ministry of Health.

According to University President and Dean of the College of Health Sciences, Dr. Horoutune Armenian, "the Armenian health sector is rapidly evolving and its workforce is in need of re-training. By supporting the efforts of the SHCMA, both organizations, and, more importantly, the people of Armenia and the region benefit."

Likewise, Minister of Health, Dr. Ararat Mkrtchian, indicated his strong support for this joint effort, promising to "work closely with the AUA in expanding and improving the SHCMA and the resources available to carry out its important mission."

Dr. Mihram Nazaretian, a former Minister, of Health, directs the SCHMA. The SCHMA provides residency and continuing post-graduate education for health care managers. The SCHMA has benefited from its ongoing partnerships with the University of Alabama-Birmingham and Creighton University in the United States through the USAID-sponsored projects of the American International health Alliance (AIHA). Adding the AUA as a local American model institutional sponsor builds upon and strengthens this foundation.

Under the terms of the agreement, the SHCMA will be provided office space at the AUA, providing a permanent home to the SCHMA and its programs and technical support and oversight from AUA faculty. In addition, both organizations have pledged to collaboratively develop projects and seek support for their implementation. Dr. Nararettan expressed optimism that "the combined efforts of the SHCMA and its AIHA and AUA partners will enable the SCHMA to launch reinvigorated that emphasize quality and evidence based practice." Dr. Nazaretian also plans to bring these training programs to practitioners in the regions rather than having them come to Yerevan.

Dr. Donald Fuller, AUA Vice President and Dean of Faculty, noted that "the Armenian health care system is facing new challenges brought on by market economics and other pressures. It is only by systematically responding to these challenges and retraining, its highly competent workforce that the Armenian health sector can make a successful transition. We are honored to be asked by the Ministry of Health to support these offers and look forward to a successful collaboration."

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