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

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O'Neill Institute Newsletter

JUNE 2016



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A Healthy Dose of Film at AFI DOCS Festival
By: Fernanda Alonso, O'Neill Institute Associate

Why the Full Decriminalization of Sex Work is Important for Addressing the Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic
By: Sean Bland, O'Neill Institute Associate

The Right to Health for All: Ending Discrimination Against Undocumented Migrants
By: Eric Friedman, O'Neill Institute Associate

Litigation is Forcing States to Finally Stop Restricting Hepatitis C Treatment for Medicaid Recipients
By: Sonia Canzater, O'Neill Institute Associate 

3 Updates on Zika: Transmission, Surveillance & Funding
By: Rebecca Reingold, O'Neill Institute Associate

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                                                          Daniel Hougendobler, O'Neill 



June has been an exciting and busy month for the O'Neill Institute. This month, the institute announced the addition of Alicia Ely Yamin, who will be joining the us in September as the Director of our Health and Human Rights Initiative. We are truly looking forward to her becoming part of our team. 

This month also saw the presidential appointment of Faculty Director Lawrence O. Gostin to the National Cancer Advisory Board. Please join us in congratulating Professor Gostin for this much-deserved honor. We also wrapped another successful year of our Summer Program - this year in partnership with the Harvard FXB Center for Health & Human Rights. The 2016 program focused on Health Rights Litigation and was attended by practitioners and scholars from all over the world who work tirelessly to further these important issues.

We hosted Vote Food 2016: Better Food, Better Health. This exciting conference showcased leading experts in food law and policy from around the nation. We also said an official goodbye to our Global Health Law LL.M. cohort at their graduation ceremony. We will miss our students and wish them the best in their very bright futures.

As you can see, it has been a very busy and exciting month. Continue reading to hear more about these featured updates, O'Neill Institute Associate Rebecca Reingold, and everything else we are working on. See you next month!


Faculty Director Lawrence O. Gostin Appointed to National Cancer Advisory Board

President Barack Obama has tapped Lawrence O. Gostin, Georgetown University Professor and Faculty Director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown Law to serve as a member of the National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB).
“We are on the verge of momentous transformations in preventing and treating cancer through vaccines and immunotherapies to personalized medicine,” Professor Gostin says. “But what I will stress during my term on the advisory board is prevention through behavior change: tobacco and alcohol control, healthy diet and physical activity.
Oscar A. Cabrera, Executive Director of the O'Neill Institute says, "We are thrilled at Larry's nomination to the NCAB.  It is a seminal recognition of the vital contributions he has made to the fields of public health and global health law.  Addressing the growing global burden of non-communicable disease is of particular importance to the O'Neill Institute, and we are excited at the prospect of shaping new legal and policy solutions to address this challenge."

“It is within the power of individuals to make healthy choices and it is within the power of government to structure the physical, informational and social environment to make health the easier choice,” says Professor Gostin.  He will serve a six-year term with the NACB. “I am privileged to serve the President on the National Cancer Advisory Board.”

The full announcement for Professor Gostin's appointment can be found here.


Summer Program on Health Rights Litigation (June 13-17, 2016)

The O'Neill Institute, in partnership with Harvard FXB Center for Health & Human Rights, co-hosted the Summer Program on Health Rights Litigation, with Oscar A. Cabrera and Harvard FXB Policy Director Alicia Yamin serving as co-directors of the program.

During the week, over 40 participants from 18 countries heard from renowned experts on a range of health rights topics and developed specialist-level knowledge in litigating those rights at the national, regional, and international levels.  They also engaged in a moot court competition, arguing the merits of hypothetical cases focused on forward-looking health rights topics.

Thank you to all our speakers, participants, and guests for your thoughtful engagement in the summer program!
  More information about can be found here.


From Vote Food 2016 (Tim Westmoreland, Former Secretary Dan Glickman, Former Secretary Donna Shalala, Former FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, and David Vladeck)

We continue our profile series about our associates, fellows and faculty as described “in their own words.” In this edition, meet Rebecca B. Reingold, an Associate at the institute. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Washington School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Middlebury College.
OI: When did you first realize that a career at the intersection of public health and policy was a good fit for you?
It was during “Issues in Science,” an elective course that I took my senior year of high school. The course was an introduction to bioethics, and our thought-provoking discussions focused on the ethical dilemmas posed by euthanasia, stem cell research, abortion, organ transplants, etc. I became increasingly fascinated by how these complex health problems intersect with questions of morality, religion, economic inequality and human rights.  
Read Rebecca's full Q&A here


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Lawrence O. Gostin et al. Toward a Common Secure Future: Four Global Commissions in the Wake of EbolaPLoS Med (May 19, 2016).

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