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Human Rights and the Social Determinants of Health

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There is growing recognition of the need to advance the social determinants of health as a question of human rights and social justice. But what do human rights norms, strategies, and actors offer in advancing discourse and practice around health equity? Join the Comparative Program on Health and Society as we bring together some of the world’s leading scholars and practitioners to explore these questions at an international symposium. We are honoured to begin the symposium in the evening of the 4th May with a keynote lecture by the incomparable Professor Amartya Sen (Harvard University) followed on 5 May by a full day conference.

Tickets are free but limited. Lunch will be provided at the symposium to registered attendees.

Keynote Lecture, May 4:


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'Health and Human Rights'

Amartya Sen, Thomas W. Lamont University Professor, Professor of Economics and Philosophy, Harvard University, USA
4 May 2017
Registration Opens: 18:15
Doors Close and Lecture: 19:00 to 20:30

Venue: JJR Macleod Auditorium, Medical Sciences Building, 1 King's College Circle

Please note that a separate ticket is required for the Keynote Lecture.

Symposium, May 5:

Venue: JRR Macleod Auditorium, 1 King's College Circle
Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm

8:00 Registration

9:00 Opening Remarks by Peter Warrian and Margret Hovanec, Lupina Foundation, Howard Hu, Dean, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Canada

9:15 What do Human Rights Offer to the Social Determinants of Health?

Chair: Lisa Forman, Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Canada

Sofia Gruskin, Director, Program on Global Health and Human Rights, University of Southern California, USA
Health and human Rights: history, concepts and potential contributions to conversations on the social determinants of health
Suzanne Stewart, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Homelessness and Life Transitions, Director, Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health, University of Toronto, Canada
Indigenous knowledges, health and reconciliation
Beth Jackson, Manager, Equity Analysis and Policy Research , Social Determinants of Health and Science Information Directorate, Public Health Agency of Canada, Canada
Advancing health equity and the social determinants of health in Canada: evidence and action
Veronica Magar, Team Leader, Gender, Equity and Human Rights Mainstreaming Team, World Health Organisation, Switzerland
Human rights and social determinants: The inextricable alliance to reaching the 2030 agenda
Audrey Chapman, UConn Health Center Auxiliary/Joseph M. Healey, Jr. Chair in Medical Humanities and Bioethics, Division of Public Health Law & Ethics, University of Connecticut, USA
Human rights and the social determinants of health: the potential for mutual strengthening

11:15 Break

11:30 Human Rights Praxis on the Social Determinants of Health

Chair: Mitu Sengupta, Associate Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University

Moses Mulumba, Advocate, High Court of Uganda, Head of the Center for Health, Human Rights and Development, Uganda
Finding the place of social determinants of health in neoliberal Uganda
Kristi Kenyon, Assistant Professor, Global College, The University of Winnipeg, Canada
Human rights-based activism as a social determinant of health: concepts in action in Brazil and South Africa
Octavio Ferraz, Reader in Transnational Law, King’s College London, United Kingdom
30 years of the right to health in Brazil: healthcare and social determinants
Walter Flores, Director, Center for the Study of Equity and Governance in Health Systems, Guatemala
Human rights and citizen-led accountability: experiences from Guatemala

13:00 Lunch

14:00 A Focus on Canada and Basic Income Grants

Chair: Lydia Kapiriri, Associate Professor, Department of Health, Aging and Society, Member of Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis, McMaster University, Canada

Kwame McKenzie, CEO, Wellesley Institute, Canada
Towards an evidence-based social health contract between Government and the people
Sheila Regehr, Chair, Basic Income Canada Network, Canada
Basic income in Canada: moral and practical dimensions
Bruce Porter, Executive Director, Social Rights and Advocacy Centre, Canada
Beyond basic income: scoping a comprehensive human rights strategy to eliminate poverty and homelessness in Canada
Johanna Macdonald, Staff Lawyer, Neighbourhood Legal Services, Onsite Lawyer, Health Justice Initiative, St. Michael’s Hospital Legal Services Project, Canada
Social determinants of health and human rights frameworks in action - opportunities and critique of a health justice partnership
Stéphanie Dagron, Professor and Professor of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), Global Studies Institute and Faculty of Law, University of Geneva, Switzerland
The right to social security and implications for health

15:30 Break

15:45 Reflections on Themes and Way Forward

Lisa Forman, Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Canada
Moses Mulumba, Advocate, High Court of Uganda, Head of the Center for Health, Human Rights and Development, Uganda
Sofia Gruskin, Director, Program on Global Health and Human Rights, University of Southern California, USA

17:15 Conference End

Thank you to our sponsors, the Lupina Foundation,the Canada Research Chair Program, and the University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health for their generous support of this event.

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FAQs

Who is organising this conference?

Professor Lisa Forman, director of the Comparative Program on Health and Society, Canada Research Chair in Human Rights and Global Health Equity, and assistant professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, is the lead organizer of this conference. Pragya Kaul, Program Coordinator at CPHS, is the lead coordinator. We are grateful to Professor Arjumand Siddiqi, Stephanie Nixon and Trudo Lemmens for their contributions, as well as a wonderful team of volunteers.

I want to attend the symposium but tickets are sold out. What should I do?

Due to higher than expected demand, tickets for the symposium are now sold out. While we work on making more seats available, please register for the symposium regardless. Upon doing so, you will be placed on a waitlist. Once more seats become available, a ticket will be released to you which you have to claim within 8 hours.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Keynote Lecture:

Closest subway station: Queen's Park
Streetcar: 506 to High Park

Symposium:

Closest subway station: Museum
Bus: 94 to Ossington Station

Parking on campus is not free, and is extremely limited. No reserved spaces are possible.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please direct any questions that you may have to Pragya Kaul at cphs.munk@utoronto.ca

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Please present a digital or printed copy of your ticket at the registration desk prior to entering the auditorium for both events.

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