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The 2012 Institute on Human Rights and
the Social Determinants of Health
Kevin Murray, Executive Director of PHRGE
Kevin Murray spent the past seven years at Kevin Murray Strategic Consulting, where he was Founder
and Senior Consultant. Prior to that, Murray served for 25 years in leadership positions within a variety
of international development and human rights advocacy organizations including Oxfam America, Jesuit
Refugee Service, Lutheran World Relief, Grassroots International and Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. For six of those years (1989-95), he lived and worked in Central America, primarily El Salvador.
His publications include two books (Inside El Salvador and El Salvador: Peace on Trial) a book-length monograph (Rescuing Reconstruction: The Debate on Postwar Economic Recovery in El Salvador) and dozens of published articles on topics ranging from the right to affordable housing in Boston to U.S.
policy and human rights in the Middle East. Murray holds a degree in Political Economy from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and lives in Roslindale, MA with his wife, Ellen Coletti, and their two children.
Mariah McGill, Assistant Director of PHRGE Mariah McGill is the Assistant Director of the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy at Northeastern University School of Law. She assists with PHRGE's domestically-focused programs. In particular, as Institute Coordinator, she played a key role in organizing the ESCR Institute, Beyond National Security: Immigrant Communities and Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, which was held on October 14-16, 2010. Mariah is also researching on the Vermont Workers’ Center “Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign,” which resulted in the 2010 legislation recognizing health care as a “public good” in Vermont and in the 2011 passage of legislation creating a framework for universal health care in Vermont. Mariah has authored multiple articles on this topic for a variety of publications including an article for Health and Human Rights: An International Journal entitled “Human Rights from the Grassroots Up: Vermont’s Campaign for Universal Health Care.” Expert Panel: Human Rights and Health Outcomes Moderator: Kevin Murray, Executive Director George J. Annas, Boston University Schools of Public Health, Medicine, and Law George Annas is the William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights of Boston University School of Public Health, and Professor in the Boston University School of Medicine, and School of Law. He is the cofounder of Global Lawyers and Physicians, a transnational professional association of lawyers and physicians working together to promote human rights and health. He has degrees from Harvard College (A.B. economics, '67), Harvard Law School (J.D. '70) and Harvard School of Public Health (M.P.H. '72), where he was a Joseph P.
Kennedy Fellow in Medical Ethics. After graduating from law school, he clerked for Justice John V.
Spalding of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and came to Boston University in 1972 as the Director of the Center for Law and Health Sciences at the law school.
Professor Annas is the author or editor of sixteen books on health law and bioethics, including American Bioethics: Crossing Human Rights and Health Law Boundaries (2005), The Rights of Patients (3d ed.
2004), Some Choice: Law, Medicine, and the Market (1999), Standard of Care: The Law of American Bioethics (l993), and Judging Medicine (1987), and a play, entitled "Shelley's Brain," that has been presented to bioethics audiences across the U.S. and in Australia. Professor Annas has been called "the father of patient rights," "the doyen of American medico-legal analysts," and a "national treasure."
Professor Annas wrote a regular feature on "law and bioethics" for the Hastings Center Report from 1976 to 199l, and a regular feature on "Public Health and the Law" in the American Journal of Public Health from 1982 to 1992 and since 1991 has written a regular feature on "Legal Issues in Medicine" for the New England Journal of Medicine, now under the title "Health Law, Ethics, and Human Rights."
He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a member of the Institute of Medicine, cochair of the American Bar Association's Committee on Health Rights and Bioethics (Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section) and a member of the Committee on Human Rights of the National Academiesl He has also held a variety of government regulatory posts, including Vice Chair of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine, Chair of the Massachusetts Health Facilities Appeals Board, and Chair of the Massachusetts Organ Transplant Task Force.
Sofia Charvel, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México
Sofía Charvel is a Mexican lawyer that obtained her law degree at the Technological Autonomous Institute of Mexico (ITAM Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México). She has masters’ studies of Mexican History and Juridical Sciences by Mexico’s National University (UNAM Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) and the Panamerican University (UP Universidad Panamericana). She did an academic stay at Toronto University on law and health. Nowadays Sofía is preparing her PhD thesis defense on Law and Public Health at the Panamerican University.
Sofia has worked in the National Commission of Human Rights, and as an adviser for the Health Ministry and the National Institute of Public Health. Her work for the Health Ministry was focused on tobacco’s legal control and in the development of a new General Health Law for the Mexican Republic. Today Sofia is a professor at the Technological Autonomous Institute of Mexico and Director of the Public Health Program of the Law Department at that same institution. She also edits a book collection on Law, Health and Bioethics.
As part of her work at the Public Health Program Sofía has organized many forums on Public Health Issues where she has called several international public health leaders to be part of them. She has also been adviser of international non-governmental associations and has coached ITAM’s team at International Competitions such as the Global Health Case Competition at Emory University.
Sofía´s research mainly focuses on Mexico’s main public health concerns such as the obesity epidemic and its legal connotations. Sofía has published several articles on Mexican journals and books regarding public health issues and is a frequent lecturer at national and international forums.
Patricia Illingworth, Northeastern University School of Law and Department of Philosophy and Religion Patricia Illingworth is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion and in the College of Business Adminstration, as well as a Lecturer in Law at the Northeastern University School of Law. Professor Illingworth has expertise in both philosophy and law. She teaches courses in global justice, medical and business ethics, bioethics, and health policy and law. She has served on the Human Rights Committee of the Massachusetts Mental Health Center and the Ethics Committee of the Mount Auburn Hospital, both affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Professor Illingworth has written two books, AIDS and the Good Society (Routledge 1991) and Trusting Medicine: The Ethics of Managed Care (under review). She has also published widely in scholarly journals on professional ethics, the ethics of managed care and other issues that overlap business and medical ethics. She has held fellowships at both Harvard Medical School and Harvard Law School. Professor Illingworth has been admitted to the Massachusetts Bar. Most recently her research is on ethics, philanthropy and charitable tax law.
Anja Rudiger, National Economic & Social Rights Initiative
Anja Rudiger, Ph.D, is director of the Human Right to Health Program at the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI). Anja works with community organizations and national coalitions to develop human rights tools for creating a universal health care system in the United States. She has many years of experience in promoting rights-based approaches to policymaking at local, national, and international levels. Her previous roles include directing the research department at the British Refugee Council and managing the UK Secretariat of the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia, both based in London. Recent publications include chapters in Rights-Based Approaches to Public Health, eds. Beracochea et al.; and in Where Do We Go From Here? American Democracy and the Renewal of the Radical Imagination, ed. Major. Anja received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Kiel in Germany.
Workshop 1: Right to Health: Universal Healthcare Moderator: Kristin Madison, Northeastern University School of Law & Bouv é College of Health Sciences Professor Madison holds a joint appointment in the School of Law and the Bouvé College of Health Sciences. Her primary research is in the areas of health economics, health law and health policy. After receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley, Professor Madison worked for two years as a research assistant with the health care consulting firm now known as the Lewin Group. She contributed to several articles assessing the impact of the delivery of mental health services. She then received a JD from Yale Law School and a PhD in economics from Stanford University before joining the Universiy of Pennsylvania law faculty in 2001; she came to Northeastern University in 2011.
Much of Professor Madison’s recent work evaluates the implications of health care quality reporting and related trends for patients, providers and regulators. In two early articles published in the journal Health Services Research, she used Medicare data to analyze the relationships between the presence of health provider affiliations (including multihospital systems and physician-hospital organizations) and patient treatment. In “Regulating Health Care Quality in an Information Age” she argues that the information revolution within health care will produce a shift from more traditional market-displacing regulatory approaches to market-channeling and market-facilitating regulatory approaches. She considers ways to reshape health care regulation in light of the greater availability of health care information. The article “Hospital Mergers in an Era of Quality Improvement” examines the use of quality measures in the Evanston Northwestern antitrust litigation and comments more generally on the relationship between mergers and health care quality. In “The Law and Policy of Quality Reporting,” Professor Madison explores the health care quality reporting phenomenon, reviewing empirical findings on its effects and discussing the New York attorney general’s settlement with health insurers concerning their provider rating mechanisms. Several other of her recent works focus on related topics.
Professor Madison has also co-authored a chapter on health policy and regulation in the forthcoming 6th edition of Shortell and Kaluzny’s Health Care Management: Organization, Design, and Behavior with Peter D. Jacobson and Gary Young.
Renée M. Landers, Suffolk University Law School, Health and Biomedical Law Concentration Law Professor Renée M. Landers is the director of Suffolk University Law School's Health & Biomedical Law Concentration. She was the first woman of color and the first law professor to serve as president of the Boston Bar Association.
Before joining the Suffolk University Law School faculty in 2002, Ms. Landers served as counsel in the health law group at the Boston law firm of Ropes & Gray for five years. Prior to that, she served as deputy general counsel for the US Department of Health and Human Services.
From 1993 until 1996, she was Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Policy Development at the US Department of Justice. Before entering government service, Ms. Landers taught at Boston College Law School. In 1985, she was an associate at Ropes & Gray after serving as a law clerk to former Chief Justice Edward F. Hennessey of the Connecticut Supreme Judicial Court for a year.
Ms. Landers received an AB degree from Radcliffe College and a JD degree cum laude from Boston College Law School. Prior to attending law school, she served as deputy secretary of state in charge of the Commercial Bureau and the Public Records Bureau.
Robert Restuccia, Community Catalyst In 2000 Robert Restuccia became the Executive Director of Community Catalyst. Under his direction, Community Catalyst has established an impressive track record working with low income communities and state and local partners to achieve health care reforms in more than 40 states. Robert has represented the interests of health consumers for over 20 years. He was a founder of Health Care For All and became its Executive Director in 1989. Under his leadership, it became one of the largest and most effective state consumer health care organizations in the country. He is an adjunct professor at the Boston University School of Public Health. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, RealBenefits Inc, Health Care for All, and the Commonwealth Care Alliance. Robert has been a recipient of numerous awards for his work in health care reform, including the Families USA Health Care Advocate of the Year Award and the Gail Douglas Award of Public Health Practice. Robert has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Jennifer Prah Ruger, Yale Schools of Medicine, Public Health and Law
Jennifer Prah Ruger is the author of Health and Social Justice (OUP, 2009), developing a theory of justice and health, the health capability paradigm. In 2011, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to complete her forthcoming book, Global Health Justice and Governance (OUP, in press), which advances a theory of global health justice and governance called provincial globalism. Her framework of cooperation and health at the national level is elucidated in Shared Health Governance (forthcoming). In 2011, she received a Greenwall Faculty Scholar Award in Bioethics.