212969 Rights Based Approaches to Public Health Systems

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 2:42 PM

Lance Gable, JD, MPH , Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, MI
This presentation analyzes the role of human rights in structuring equity-based public health systems, including the shared social, environmental, and structural systems whose primary purpose is to promote, restore, or maintain health (e.g., clean water and air, food, shelter, energy, sanitation, education, employment, wealth, health infrastructures, social stability, and security from violence and discrimination). In reviewing the incorporation of these determinants of health in previous health care reform efforts—in US proposals and successful national public health systems throughout the world—this research outlines the structural determinants of health amenable to amelioration through national policy reform. Given the importance of these underlying determinants of health in contemporary international legal discourse, the chapter concludes by assessing the current health care reform debate, proposing a rights-based primary health care system that encompasses those structural determinants bearing the greatest impact on the realization of the right to health.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the relationship between human rights and public health. 2. Discuss the development of the right to health in international human rights frameworks. 3. Analyze several ways that rights- based approaches can be utilized by public health systems.

Keywords: Public Health, Human Rights

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: J.D., M.P.H.; Assistant Professor of Law
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.