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Category Archives: Health and Human Rights

05.20.21

Why Aren’t We Addressing the Social Determinants of Health?

By O’Neill Institute

This expert column was written by Olivia Backhaus, Peter D. Jacobson, and John Monahan.  Despite considerable scholarly and health care industry agreement that addressing the social determinants of health (SDOH) is essential for improving the population’s health status, there is little agreement on how health care systems and insurers should approach the problem. The growing […]

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Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights

05.11.21

Analysing the COVID-19: Make it the Last Pandemic Report

By O’Neill Institute

This expert column was written by Lawrence Gostin.  The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response’s (IPPR) final report, released on Wednesday, May 12 2021, identifies severe failures in pandemic preparedness at every level in the COVID-19 response, from governments to World Health Organization (WHO). Widespread unpreparedness occurred despite years of unheeded warnings on increased […]

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04.15.21

The Promise and Peril of Vaccine Passports

By O’Neill Institute

This expert column was written by Anastasia Vernikou and Katherine Ginsbach. As the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines has progressed, countries have begun to look for ways to lift restrictive public health measures, like lockdowns. This has amplified the discussion around the effectiveness and potential challenges of vaccine certificates, or passports. Showing proof of vaccination record […]

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03.09.21

Better Masks Offer Better Protection Against COVID-19 Variants. Governments Should Act Quickly.

By O’Neill Institute

This expert column was written by Katherine Ginsbach and Anastasia Vernikou.  SARS-CoV-2 is mutating. More than a year into the COVID-19 epidemic, virus mutations are increasing transmission rates, compounding the opportunities to transform further. Given the ever-expanding risk to population health, governments must continuously monitor the efficacy of current public health regulations, making needed updates […]

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12.08.20

A New Roadmap for Supporting American Families

By O’Neill Institute

This expert column was written by John T. Monahan.  Even with the prospect of new COVID-19 vaccines in 2021, it is clear the pandemic has battered, and continues to threaten, the economic and social foundations on which most Americans have built and sustained their lives. The impact of the coronavirus will almost certainly worsen over […]

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12.03.20

What Should Food Banks Do When Demand Outpaces Supply in Emergencies?

By O’Neill Institute

This expert column was written by Sarah Wetter and James G. Hodge, Jr.  For millions of Americans this holiday season, the most critical line they face is not for COVID-19 testing, vaccines, or unemployment benefits, but rather the long wait at food banks and pantries across the country. As the toll of the pandemic worsens, […]

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Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights

08.03.20

Racially-Driven Police Violence is a Human Rights Violation

By Sarah Wetter

This post was written by Erica White, Intern, O’Neill Institute, and JD Candidate, ASU Law; and Sarah Wetter, Law Fellow, O’Neill Institute. On June 15, 2020 the United Nations Human Rights Council convened for the first time after a three-month long hiatus necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Council focused on a major threat to […]

07.28.20

UN Experts Call for Decisive Measures to Tackle NCDs: Front-of-Package Warning Labelling

By O’Neill Institute

This blog post was written by Oscar A. Cabrera and Andrés Constantin. “Without clear efforts to promote action on the prevention of unhealthy diets, the rise of [noncommunicable diseases] will remain on the margins of global health action. States cannot remain passive in the face of NCDs. They should adopt an integral approach to reduce […]

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07.27.20

A Post-COVID-19 Global Health Infrastructure, Part II: Health Equity Programs of Action

By Eric A. Friedman

  Today’s existing global health arrangements failed to stop COVID-19 from so far infecting more than 16 million people – and fast rising – and killing more than 600,000 – a toll rising by thousands every day, and with both infections and deaths likely drastically underreported. Of course, even before COVID-19, the global heath infrastructure […]

07.13.20

The Impact of the Telehealth Response for E-Prescribing Addiction Therapy Services (“TREATS”) Act

By O’Neill Institute

This blog post was written by Landon Myers. Four months after the United States began to feel the effects of COVID-19, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced the Telehealth Response for E-Prescribing Addiction Therapy Services (“TREATS”) Act. During the pandemic, policymakers and insurers have strongly embraced telehealth, or the remote provision […]

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