A member of PAATCHH since 1996, CWRU continues to be a leader in education and fieldwork related to humanitarian professionalism. Under the direction of Karen Olness, MD, the program began teaching problem-based workshops on disaster management in the US and various developing countries. The program workshops are primarily focused on the special needs of children and families.
Disaster management workshops are taught in 14 developing countries including Pakistan, India, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia and Syria. Some of the ongoing collaborations include: KhonKaen University Thailand, Lao National University in Laos, and Makerere University in Uganda.
In addition to educational programs in disaster management, CWRU faculty have worked the field to help children and families in disasters. These include work in Thailand (Lao refugees), southwest Thailand (Cambodian refugees), El Salvador (post earthquake), Albania (Kosovo refugees), Kosovo (post war), Sudan (internally displaced people in Darfur), Southern Thailand (post tsunami) and many more.