216085 International metrics for health equity in indigenous peoples: The UN Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 12:30 PM - 12:45 PM

Kawika Liu, MD, PhD, JD , Department of Native Hawaiian Health, University of Hawaii, JABSOM, Honolulu, HI
Globally, indigenous peoples confront inequities between their health and the health of majority/plurality populations, often in their own homelands. Achieving equity often requires addressing larger social determinants, including factors such as self-determination, as well as poverty, education, employment, housing, and other factors. Addressing individual level factors is largely ineffectual in the face of the underlying structure of inequities. To address structural determinants, tools outside of the usual domestic jurisprudence and legislation are often required. International human rights law provides some of these tools, particularly with the passage of the United Nations Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2007. The Declaration, along with other international law instruments and jurisprudence interpreting these instruments, can serve as metrics to measure the progress of indigenous peoples towards achieving health equity. These metrics, in turn, can be applied domestically and internationally in seeking to attain better health, and social justice, for indigenous peoples.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Discuss health inequities facing indigenous peoples Assess the utility of international human rights law and particularly the UN Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples in providing metrics to measure the efficacy of efforts to improve the health of indigenous peoples

Keywords: Native and Indigenous Populations, Human Rights

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a licensed attorney, and oversee policy formation to address health inequities for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in Hawai'i.
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.