Session 1: Health & Human Rights

Facilitator: Dr . Linnea Capps 


Part 1: Chiapas, The Autonomous Zapatista Communities and Doctors for Global Health (DGH)
  • Linnea will introduce the session (and the Liberation Medicine month) by sharing her longstanding work with Doctors for Global Health (DGH) practicing medicine alongside the autonomous Zapatista communities in Chiapas, Mexico. This will then segue into a more theoretical discussion of the complex interplay between health and human rights as described in the seminal article by Jonathan Mann, et al. 

Part 2: Health & Human Rights (theoretical framework)


Primary Readings:


For Health and Human Rights (Mann), please come prepared to summarize your assigned section of the article for your co-residents: 

  • Background: Brief Intro to Jonathan Mann (Bien)
  • Introduction to Article, p7 (Berger)
  • Modern Concepts of Health p8 (Berger & Bien)
  • Modern Concepts of Human Rights p9-11 (Duenas & Joudrey)
  • Framework for Linking Health & Human Rights p11 (Intro: Hassan & Mangat)
    • First Relationship: The Impact of Health Policies, Programs & Practices on Human Rights p11-14 (Hassan & Mangat)
    • Second Relationship: Health Impacts Resulting from Violations of Human Rights p 14-16 (Rajashekara & Sow)
    • Third Relationship: Health & Human Rights: Exploring an Inextricable Linkage p16-18 (Berger & Bien)
  • Conclusion p18 (all)

For Death Without Weeping, please all read and come prepared for discussion: 

  • Have you seen a South Bronx equivalent (single or multiple) to nervos in your clinical practice? How do we as individual physicians help clarify or obfuscate for patients the root cause of nervos-like "diseases"?

Optional Readings:


General questions to consider for discussion (Health and Human Rights):

1. When people in the United States talk about 'human rights', what do they mean? Civil rights? Economic rights? Rights to health care?

2. What is the linkage between health and human rights that Mann and colleagues propose? How do you see this link in clinic at CHCC? 

3. Why does it matter if health is a 'human right'? How might this change political discussions on health and health care in the United States?