|Global health pioneer to give inaugural health, human rights lecture April 16|
|Thursday, April 05, 2012|
Sofia Gruskin, an expert on public health practice and human rights law, will discuss the intersection of human rights and global health on April 16 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The free public lecture will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium at the UNC School of Social Work. The event is sponsored by the UNC Center for Bioethics, the public policy department and Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases.
Gruskin, who teaches preventive medicine and law at the University of Southern California, will discuss a rights-based approach to global health, including the legal and policy considerations that affect access to public health systems, especially for hard-to-reach populations.
Gruskin has been exploring the linkages between health, human rights and law since the early years of the AIDS crisis, when she observed that rights were being restricted in the name of public health, leading to devastating health effects. Before joining the faculty at USC in 2011, Gruskin served as the longtime director of the Program on International Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health, where she still holds an adjunct appointment.
The April 16 lecture kicks off the UNC Health and Human Rights Lecture Series, which will address key ethical, legal and policy issues in health, both globally and locally.