Tufts University – Community Health 0188
The right to health is a contested idea. Is there a right to health? Even if we do agree that health should be considered a human right, disagreements abound about what the human right to health might mean, who should bear the responsibility to protect it, how to protect it, and how we, as concerned citizens might work together to enable its protection far more widely.
This seminar aims to cultivate a serious discussion about some key problems that animate right to health discourse. We will discuss progress (or lack thereof) of advancing the right to health globally, and gain the perspectives of a wide variety of experts, scholars, practitioners, policy makers, and patients in an effort to better enable students to be able to contribute to the future of the right to health movement. We will then build a set of skill and a “right to health toolkit” that will enable students to analyze current policy, draft new policy proposals, and consider their role as citizen activists with a stake in the global health equity project.
Lancet Commission on Reframing NCDs and Injuries for the Poorest Billion
I will be serving as a research assistant to the working group studying the history of the social construction of the noncommunicable disease and injury space and opportunities for greater advocacy for this neglected facet of global health. Specifically, we hope to:
- Clearly define a social theoretical framework through which to analyze and interpret the history and current position of the NCDI poverty field
- Develop a historical perspective on the construction of the NCDs as a field of strategic action
- Situate the NCDI poverty field in the current mix of competing global health priorities, frames, and initiatives
- Shape the strategy for the Commission’s key messages and audiences
We are a network of community organizers—undergraduate students, graduate students, young professionals, returned Peace Corps volunteers, lawyers, engineers, researchers, teachers, and medical professionals—and we are joining forces across the US to advance the movement for global health equity.
We hope to:
- Help Partners In Health save lives by raising funds
- Advocate for policies that enable governments to build functioning health systems
- Educate our peers about the health issues that marginalized populations face on a daily basis
Understanding the expansion of global health academic programs for undergraduates
I am working with a team of undergraduate students and graduate students on a large project to begin to better understand how universities have played a role in shaping the field of global health and how they can be a powerful shaping force in the future.
Central research questions:
- Description: How has the formal academic environment for global health expanded and/or changed over the past decade?
- Theory: What have been the forces driving that change? (i.e. market influence of attracting student applicants, pure scholarly research potential, moral responsibility of universities?)
- Strategy: What should the future hold? (a view from leading voices in global health education)
Anyone interested in these projects can feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.