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O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law Newsletter - March 2016

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MARCH 2016



The European Union and its Global Health Policy Brown Bag Presentation
March 30
11:30 am - 1:30 pm 
Hotung 5021

Time for Action: Women Mobilizing Against Noncommunicable Diseases 
March 23
11:30 am - 12:45 pm
Press Bar, GA Building, UN HQ
More info found here

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American Women's Reproductive Health at Stake in Whole Women's Health and Zubik
By: Rebecca Reingold, O'Neill Institute Associate

Vote Food 2016: Better Food, Better Health. A Conference at Georgetown University Law Center
By: Aliza Glazner, O'Neill Institute Associate

Traumatic Brain Injury and Domestic Violence: Hidden Damage
By: Anna Roberts, O'Neill Institute Fellow

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                                                          Daniel Hougendobler, O'Neill 



March has been another busy month for the O'Neill Institute.  We continue to influence the global conversation around steps to address the Zika crisis.  Earlier this month, our colleagues Jeffrey Crowley and Daniel Lucey presented before members of Congress at an event co-sponsored by the Inter-American Dialogue.

We have also coordinated a number of events on HIV domestically and globally - through our work on the U.S. Ryan White Program and examining the delivery of ARV-based HIV prevention technologies abroad.

Our full-time Global Health Law LL.M. students are preparing to conclude their program, finishing their last semester of coursework.  To support them in the next phase of their careers, we recently held a speed networking event with local alumni in various fields of work - public, private, and non-governmental. 


In this edition, meet Sean Bland, an Associate at O’Neill. Sean is a Georgetown Law alumnus who joined the O’Neill Institute in 2015. 

When did you first realize that a career at the intersection of public health and policy was a good fit for you?

In college, I never thought I would do policy work. While others were studying politics and interning on the Capitol Hill, I was spending time studying German language and history and doing research in psychology. The psychology background ultimately led me to work at the Fenway Institute, an interdisciplinary center for research, training, education and policy development focusing on HIV and LGBT health issues. I took a research associate position where I helped to coordinate research projects focused on social and behavioral factors affecting HIV transmission and prevention among gay and bisexual men and transgender individuals. Through this work, I started to realize that a career at the intersection of pubic health and policy would be an effective way to improve HIV outcomes.

What was your path to the O'Neill Institute?

I attended Georgetown Law because I intended to pursue a career in health law and policy. During law school, I worked as a research assistant at the O’Neill Institute, and I worked at a law firm upon graduation. While working in private practice, I was introduced to Jeffrey Crowley, the Project Director of the O’Neill Institute’s National HIV/AIDS Initiative, who recruited me back to O’Neill. 

Does your past professional experience bring a unique perspective or advantage to your work at the O’Neill Institute? 

I have unique background in that I have worked both as a public health researcher and as a lawyer. Prior to commencing my career in law, I conducted community-based HIV research. I developed qualitative and quantitative research skills, and I worked in the HIV community and gained a broad understanding of HIV prevention and treatment. I have also practiced law and have ability to conduct legal and policy analysis.

Sean's Full Q&A


Jeffrey Crowley and Daniel Lucey at Inter-American Dialogue Capitol Hill Event on Zika (March 15)
  • March 15, the O'Neill Institute co-convened a Capitol Hill briefing on responses to the emerging Zika virus crisis with the Inter-American Dialogue.  Speakers included Congresswomen Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN), Congresswoman Katherine Clark, (D-MA), and Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX).  Jeffrey Crowley and Daniel Lucey spoke on a panel on behalf of the O'Neill Institute.
  • March 10, the Ryan White Policy Project of the National HIV/AIDS Initiative conducted a consultation on strategies for better aligning federal HIV programs to improve HIV health outcomes.
  • March 9-10, the O'Neill Institute hosted a meeting for the BMGF-funded ARV-Based HIV Prevention Technologies project in Cotonou, Benin. This project examines the delivery and implementation of the use of anti-retroviral drugs as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in comprehensive HIV prevention programs.
  • March 3, Jeffrey Crowley presented at a White House convening to address HIV/AIDS stigma, and served as a meeting rapporteur.
  • March 2, Jeffrey Crowley presented at a summit meeting on state implementation of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for the prevention of HIV infection hosted by the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD).
  • March 2, Ana Ayala, Director of the Global Health Law LL.M. Program, hosted a Global Health Law Speed Networking Event, where students had the opportunity to network with a wide range of legal experts working in health.
  • March 1, in collaboration with the Global Health Technologies Coalition, Susan Kim, moderated a panel discussion with global experts on the World Health Organization's proposal to develop a Global Health Research & Development Observatory - or a pooled fund to support health R&D for diseases relevant to low- and middle-income countries.
  • February 17, Jeffrey Crowley conducted a webinar on reducing HIV-related health disparities for the Fenway Health LGBT Education Center.


Participants during a session of the 2013 Global School at Harvard University

This June, the O'Neill Institute, in collaboration with the FXB Center for Health & Human Rights at Harvard University will conduct the "Global School on Health Rights Litigation."  The Global School is a one-week intensive training course for academics, students, and practitioners in strategic litigation relating to health rights, and in particular the health rights of women and children. This intensive course offers participants an opportunity to develop specialist-level knowledge in relation to litigating health-related rights at the national, regional, and international levels.

Topics covered include: sexual and reproductive health and rights; rights issues arising in health-care settings; palliative care; approaches to health-care rationing and factors to consider in assessing the equity impacts of judgments; access to medicines and intellectual property; judicial legitimacy in deciding issues with budgetary and policy implications; and judicial effectiveness and impact of judgments.

This year's Global School will take place June 13-17, 2016 at the Georgetown Law campus in Washington DC.  Applications are being accepted here



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