WHO WE ARE
Intensive Course in Health & Human RightsThe FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, in conjunction with the Department of Executive and Continuing Professional Education, is hosting a four-day intensive course at the Harvard School of Public Health on June 10-13, 2013. The course is designed to equip mid-career professionals with the skills to integrate the concepts of health and human rights into their professional activities. Please visit the ECPE website for further information and to register.
Homepage photo credits: Vanessa Boulanger, Angela Duger, Petru Zoltan
An Expert Resource for Advocates and Policymakers
The FXB Center has been a source of expertise in health and human rights for both the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. government. Such opportunities for education have been helpful to policymakers as they fine-tune legislation, present information and questions at Congressional hearings, and set out strategies for moving confidently forward to improve global health programs.
We translate our findings into policy recommendations and practice by engaging with international entities and relevant levels of government and civil society. For example, we contributed to improving the standards applied to unaccompanied children who seek asylum; helped define mental health policy in post-conflict Sierra Leone; and participated in the drafting of the General Comment of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on a child’s right to health. We also prepared the Technical Guidance on a rights-based approach to preventable maternal morbidity and mortality for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, which was subsequently adopted by the UN Human Rights Council.
Additionally, the FXB Center has helped provide students and advocates with the evidence base necessary to make compelling arguments for improved global health policy. By hosting various policy briefings, the FXB Center works to increase public awareness of current issues and debates, rallying public support for solutions to identified global health problems.
Harvard Scholars at Risk
FXB Center programs and projects receive critical research support from interns and work-study students, both in the Boston office and in the field. RPCGA interns and work-study students served as research assistants for the Somali Bantu Refugee Community Project, the Family Strengthening Intervention, the Longitudinal Study of War-Affected Youth, and the SAFE Project. Student researchers worked with the Shanu Project and the Haiti Child Protection Initiative on exploring the use of mobile technology in data collection.