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Health and Human Rights No Longer a Question: Moving from Concepts to Action

This lecture is part of the Health as a Human Right Lecture Series presented by Sofia Gruskin, JD, MIA, Director of the Program on International Health and Human Rights, Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights and Associate Professor on Health and Human Rights, Department of Population and International Health, Harvard School of Public Health.
When Feb 27, 2006
from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Where Foster Auditorium, 101 Pattee Library
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Sofia Gruskin, JD, MIA Sofia Gruskin

Director of the Program on International Health and Human Rights, Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights and Associate Professor on Health and Human Rights, Department of Population and International Health, Harvard School of Public Health

Sofia Gruskin, JD, MIA, is the Director of the Program on International Health and Human Rights at the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, and Associate Professor on Health and Human Rights in the Department of Population and International Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. The emphasis of her work is the policy and practice implications of linking health to human rights, with particular attention to women, children, gender issues, and vulnerable populations in the context of HIV/AIDS.

Ms. Gruskin is the principal investigator for several UNAIDS sponsored research projects, and serves as the Chair of the UNAIDS Global Reference Group on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights where her primary areas of focus have been the scaling up of HIV-testing and clarifying the value of human rights based approaches to the response to HIV/AIDS. She serves as a technical adviser to WHO and is principal investigator on a range of projects for them intended to strengthen the health and human rights research and policy agenda particularly in the areas of sexual and reproductive health, and child and adolescent health. She serves as one of the principal investigators of the Enhancing Care Initiative (ECI), in which she is responsible for ensuring the incorporation of human rights and gender concerns into planning for and providing care for people living with HIV/AIDS in resource-poor settings in five countries. She is also the principal investigator for a Ford Foundation funded project entitled HIV/AIDS and Gender Based Violence: Linking Advocacy at the Grass-Roots in China, India, Thailand and Vietnam which is a project to develop and strengthen the linkages among those who work on issues of sexuality, HIV/AIDS, and violence against women using a human rights framework.

Ms. Gruskin is the editor of the international journal Health and Human Rights, associate editor for The American Journal of Public Health and Global Public Health, and lead editor of Perspectives on Health and Human Rights published by Taylor & Francis (Routledge) in May 2005. She has recently completed her term as a member of the board of directors of Amnesty International, USA, and serves on numerous boards and committees nationally and internationally.

With Jonathan Mann, Daniel Tarantola and other partners, she has developed and conducted courses and training in health and human rights for academic institutions, agencies and organizations around the world. She has been particularly engaged in shaping the strategies of international organizations to fully reflect the integration of human rights into their work, as well as helping to conceptualize the ways in which human rights can impact the research agendas of academics and policy makers concerned with public health. She has extensive experience in research, training and advocacy with nongovernmental, governmental and intergovernmental organizations working in the fields of health and human rights.

Health and Human Rights No Longer a Question: Moving from Concepts to Action

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The relationships between health and human rights are many and complex, and actors around the globe have found that rigorous attention to these relationships provides useful entry points for analysis and intervention. The lecture will focus on the intrinsic and instrumental value of attention to human rights for improving population health and, focusing in particular on HIV/AIDS, provide practical examples of how human rights can be used to make public health work more effective.

February 27, 2006
3:00 p.m.
Foster Auditorium, 101 Pattee Library