Online Program

Health and human security in the region of the americas: Translating conceptualization to action through guideline development

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Carlos Santos-Burgoa, MD, MPH, PhD, Sustainable Development and Environmental Health, Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), Washington, DC
Kirsten Brownstein, MPH, Sustainable Development and Environmental Health, Pan American health Organization / WHO, Washington, DC
Luiz Galvao, MD, MPH, Area of Sustainable Development and Environmental Health, Pan American Health Organization, Washington, D.C., DC
Today, human security is an approach that is helping the Pan American Health Organization's (PAHO) efforts to improve health in the Region of the Americas. The greatest threats to health and well-being in the Region of the Americas today represent complex, interrelated challenges, including violence and crisis, environmental risks, infectious and poverty-related diseases, emergencies and disasters, climate change, and inequity. The human security approach, by offering a comprehensive and preventive focus, strengthens PAHO's existing efforts to address the multiple dimensions of these critical and pervasive threats; in health we are promoting new means to incorporate health and human security The current challenge, however, lies in supporting Member States and other actors to effectively apply these principles within health policies and integrate them into their public health programs and health services. Therefore, PAHO has been developing policy and operational procedures to guide policymakers and practitioners in the effective integration of human security principles in health policies, plans and programs. This presentation will review key aspects of the human security approach and its relevance to and application within the Region of the Americas, and will elaborate key components of PAHO's recently developed guidelines on health and human security.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Identify significant multidimensional health threats facing populations of the Region of the Americas. Describe key elements of the human security approach Describe key components of PAHO guidelines on health and human security for health practitioners and policymakers

Keyword(s): Policy/Policy Development, International Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been directly involved in PAHO's strategic Regional efforts related to Human Security, including guideline development, since June 2012. During this time I have gained familiarity and expertise in subject matter and PAHO activities relevant to the topics which would be presented.
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.