The devastating spread of COVID-19 has ravaged health care systems around the globe, laying bare the gaping holes in a broken system. The pandemic has exposed severe inequities in delivery and access to care, lack of adequate protection for health care workers, and the failure of governments to invest in efforts to strengthen population health. When we eventually emerge from this crisis that has changed the world as we know it, our health care systems must change with it. This moment presents an opportunity to reconstruct our global approach to health care in order to create systems that respect health as a human right.
On Thursday, July 16, at 12:00 p.m. EDT, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) will host a discussion on these challenges and the collaboration needed to develop solutions to improve health care. The conversation will cover the importance of approaching solutions through an intersectional analysis of COVID-19’s impact.
The discussion will be moderated by Patricia Sellers, JD, an international criminal lawyer, special advisor for Gender for the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, and a PHR Advisory Council member.
- John Ayanian, MD, MPP is the inaugural director of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation at the University of Michigan Medical School, where he also serves as the Alice Hamilton Distinguished University Professor of Medicine and Healthcare Policy, professor of health management and policy in the School of Public Health, and professor of public policy in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
- Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, MSc is the founder and director of the UNC School of Medicine’s Center for Health Equity Research, a Kenan Distinguished Professor in the departments of social medicine and medicine, and a professor of internal medicine. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.
- Roshmi Goswami, PhD is a feminist and human rights activist known for her pioneering work documenting and analyzing the impact of war and conflict on the lives of women in India. She is a co-founder of the North East Network, a women’s rights organization in India; a governing board member of the Urgent Action Fund, which supports women human rights defenders across the world; and a bureau member of South Asians for Human Rights. She formerly served as a program officer at the Ford Foundation in New Delhi.