Does Global Health Need U.S. Leadership?

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On March 24th, the USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health hosted a Virtual Lecture Series Event titled, “Does Global Health Need U.S. Leadership?”

In renewing support to the World Health Organization and joining global vaccine efforts, the United States is preparing to reassert a leadership role in global health and development.

But does global health need U.S. leadership, or does it need U.S. solidarity and cooperation? The answer lies in reimagining what global health leadership means in the 21st century and the post-pandemic era.


Jonathan Cohen, JD MPhil is the Public Health Program Director at the Open Society Foundations. An internationally recognized expert in health and human rights, he leads a team working globally to advance social inclusion and a democratic commitment to the public good in health policy and practice. He previously served as director of Open Society’s Law and Health Initiative, supporting legal strategies to safeguard health and human rights.

He was a Hastings Center Visiting Scholar in 2018, studying sexual and gender diversity in aging.  Cohen began his career as a researcher with the HIV/AIDS and Human Rights Program at Human Rights Watch, conducting investigations and advocacy campaigns on rights violations linked to HIV epidemics in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and North America. He was a co-chair of the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights and currently serves on the UNAIDS Advisory Group advising Winnie Byanyima. He holds degrees from Yale College, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.

Full Video:


Wednesday, March 24, 2021
12:00 Noon PST
Live Zoom Event


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