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Health as a Human Right in the United States: What COVID-19 Has Exposed

CGE continued the Human Rights at Home conversation around racial injustice November 17, 2020 with a look at the COVID-19 pandemic, which has exposed the perilous state of access to health care in the United States and the danger inadequate access poses to every citizen. In countries, such as Costa Rica, where health care is a right, the virus was much better controlled. Are we at a turning point on how we think about health as a human right?

Moderator: Flavius Lilly, PhD, MA, MPH, Vice Provost, Academic & Student Affairs and Vice Dean, Graduate School


  • Kenyon Farrow, Co-Executive Director of Partners for Dignity & Rights
  • Alicia Ely Yamin, JD, Senior Fellow at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics at Harvard Law School; Research Director, Gender Unit at the Centre on Law and Social Transformation (Bergen, Norway); Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School
  • Carlos Faerron Guzmán, MD, MPH, Executive Director, InterAmerican Center for Global Health (CISG) and Faculty Member, University of Maryland Graduate School

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