Self-care and Health: The Interplay of Technologies, Ethics, and Human Rights – Are We Going Back to the Future, or is it a Whole New World?

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On October 9, 2020, the USC Law & Global Health Collaboration, the USC mHealth Collaboratory, the USC Institute for Creative Technologies and the USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health hosted an event titled “Self-care and Health: The Interplay of Technologies, Ethics, and Human Rights – Are We Going Back to the Future, or is it a Whole New World?”

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This event was an interactive online presentation and discussion highlighting the growing phenomenon of self-care. Several interactive case studies were presented to raise potential human rights and ethical challenges for reflection and discussion.

Welcome remarks, event introduction and objectives: Sofia Gruskin, Director, USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health

Definitions and conceptual issues around self-care: Laura Ferguson, Director, Program on Global Health & Human Rights, Research Director, USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health


Plan C: Self Managed Abortion – Francine Coeytaux,  Founder, Plan C

+ Brief Reflections: Doe Mayer, Professor, Mary Pickford Chair, USC School of Cinematic Arts and Laura Ferguson


Ask Ari: Mental Health and Artificial Intelligence – Lyndsey Christoffersen, Ph.D, Campus Wellness & Education and Ilene Rosenstein, Associate Vice Provost, Campus Wellbeing and Education Campus Wellbeing and Crisis Intervention

+ Brief Reflections: Charlie Kaplan, Research Professor and Interim Associate Dean of Research,USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, Albert (Skip) Rizzo, Director, Medical Virtual Reality, Institute for Creative Technologies, Research Professor, Department of Psychiatry and School of Gerontology, and Sofia Gruskin


Elle: Virtual Humans – Bill Swartout, Chief Technology Officer Institute for Creative Technologies, Professor, USC Viterbi School of Engineering, Computer Science Department

+ Brief Reflections: Alexander Capron, USC University Professor Scott H. Bice Chair in Healthcare Law, Policy and Ethics, Gould School of Law, and Donna Spruijt-Metz, Director of the USC mHealth Collaboratory, Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research


General reflections and Perspectives

  • Peter Redfield, Erburu Chair in Ethics, Globalization and Development and Professor of Anthropology, Dornsife
  • Yaniv Bar-Cohen, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Medicine, Co-Director, West Coast Consortium for Technology and Innovation in Pediatrics (CTIP), Director, Electrophysiology Co-Director, Keck School of Medicine

Closing remarks – Bill Swartout


This event was supported by the Research Collaboration Fund and the USC Provost’s Office.


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