Community health workers go door-to-door providing services in communities such as in Busia, Western Kenya. Photo courtesy of Living Goods Community health workers are essential in delivering healthcare to some of the world’s most sickly and vulnerable populations. They provide important sources of healthcare for people who are unable to access healthcare facilities due […]
There has been a recent surge of talk about health coaches popping up in gyms, doctors’ offices, and in magazines. A health coach is someone who is educated in the field of exercise, nutrition, diet, and overall well-being. The Institute for Integrative Nutritiondefines a health coach as “a wellness authority and supportive mentor who motivates […]
The recent deaths of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain shocked the world. It is especially upsetting for people who feel like they have nothing to live for to look at wealthy celebrities who seemingly have it all (fame, money, success) and yet still feel like taking their own lives is […]
As part of my role with the O’Neill Health Law Initiative, I recently attended part two of the Global Faith-Based Health Systems (GFBHS) Conference in Trento, Italy, titled “Global Faith-Based Health Systems: Integrating Technology and Empowering Communities.” The GFBHS project was conceptualized by Dr. Bette Jacobs (Georgetown University Health Law Initiative), Fr. Kevin Fitzgerald (Georgetown […]
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A few weeks ago I posted a blog about Deamonte Driver, a twelve year old boy who died of a toothache in Maryland in February 2007. It is hard to believe a child can die in the United States from an untreated cavity, especially so close to the nation’s capital. While Deamonte’s death sparked outrage […]
Young people heading off to college face a multitude of unknowns: Am I ready? Will I find friends? How will I handle the course load? Incoming college students living with HIV are faced with additional, complex questions that can make the transition even more difficult: How and where can I access medical care? Who do […]
The realities of health inequities may be too well known to shock us any longer. People in richer countries live longer than those in poorer countries. And within countries, people who are rich live longer than people who are poor, people with more education longer than people with little schooling. Practically everywhere, certain populations, like […]
Posted in Global Health, Human Rights, Resources ; Tagged: accountability, consultation, discrimination, health disparities, health equity, health equity strategies, Leave No One Behind, marginalized populations, national health equity strategies, participation, right to health.
DNA editing carries profound implications for basic science, medicine, and many other fields. Gene editing can be used for a variety of different things including research, to treat disease, and for biotechnology. Gene editing can be used to change the DNA in cells or organisms to understand their biology and how they work. Genome […]
On March 29, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services released guidance to assist state and local health departments to request permission to use federal funds for Syringe Support Programs (SSPs). This guidance is in response to bipartisan legislation passed in December 2015 that relaxed previous restrictions on federal funds being used for any […]
The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law was pleased to attend Georgetown University’s Global Futures Initiative lecture by Dr. Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization on the “Global Future of Governance.” Members of our team were invited to submit responses to the Global Futures Initiative blog, which are excerpted below. […]
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