The World Health Organization has re-designated the Center for Global Health as the only maternal and child health collaborating center in North America,

The designation boosts the prestige of the Aurora facility and makes it likely that it can increase the $12 million in grants it has already brought in because of the program.

A part of the Colorado School of Public Health on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, the Center for Global Health operates its maternal and child health program in partnership with Children’s Hospital Colorado. Through the program, it works with health ministries or medical organizations in other countries on issues ranging from safer child birth to increased vaccines.

Dr. Stephan Berman, director of the center, acknowledged in an interview Tuesday that a re-designation sounds far from the most glamorous kind of honor that an organization can receive. But not only is it difficult to receive such a designation from the WHO — the United Nations agency focused on improving public health, particularly in third-world countries — but the awarding means the center will be able to continue and increase its reputation among several key groups.

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