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Perspectives from the International AIDS Conference (7/27/2018) - The 22nd International AIDS Conference this month in Amsterdam focused on breaking barriers and building bridges in the HIV response, and highlighted the importance of rights-based approaches to more effectively reach key populations.
US Opposition to Breastfeeding Resolution: Don’t be surprised, do be concerned (7/19/2018) - Following a story in The New York Times last week, there has been widespread news coverage of actions by American officials to undermine a resolution on breastfeeding at the recent World Health Assembly, held at the United Nations in Geneva in May.
The how: a message for the UN high-level meeting on NCDs (6/28/2018) - By Buse, Kent et al., published in The Lancet.
L.A.’s diversity shapes Sofia Gruskin’s approach to global health research L.A.’s diversity shapes Sofia Gruskin’s approach to global health research (6/25/2018) - The USC Institute for Global Health nears its 10th anniversary with a new director and a new vision focused on equality A Southern California native, Sofia Gruskin has always felt at home in Los Angeles. The city drew her back in 2011, after 18 years at Harvard University, to launch a health and human rights…
Sofia Gruskin, J.D., MIA Sofia Gruskin named director of USC Institute for Global Health (3/20/2018) - Sofia Gruskin, JD, MIA, has been appointed director of the USC Institute for Global Health, Keck School of Medicine Interim Dean Laura Mosqueda, MD, announced in a memo to faculty and staff on March 19.
Assessing changes in HIV-related legal and policy environments: Lessons learned from a multi-country evaluation (2/23/2018) - by Laura Ferguson, Alexandra Nicholson, Ian Henry, Amitrajit Saha, Tilly Sellers and Sofia Gruskin published in PLOS One.
Strengthening justice systems for sexual and reproductive health in Vietnam (12/18/2017) - At the biennial Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights in Vietnam Nov. 27-30, Sofia Gruskin presented to more than 1,000 attendees at a plenary session on strengthening justice systems for sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Sofia Gruskin, J.D., MIA Sofia Gruskin: We must follow California’s example and repeal archaic HIV laws (12/16/2017) - by Sofia Gruskin, published by The Lancet
Patient education session, Uganda. A novel methodology for strengthening human rights based monitoring in public health: Family planning indicators as an illustrative example (12/8/2017) - by Sofia Gruskin, Laura Ferguson, Shubha Kumar, Alexandra Nicholson, Moazzam Ali and Rajat Khosla, published in PLOS One
Patient education session, Uganda. USC researchers develop method to monitor human rights in public health services (11/10/2017) - New methodology strengthens public health monitoring using human rights
Global Perspectives on Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Across the Lifecourse (11/9/2017) - A collection of research and experiences, the 2018 book Global Perspectives on Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Across the Lifecourse, spotlights pervasive issues affecting girls’ and women’s sexual and reproductive health throughout their lives.
United Nations group honors USC human rights leader (11/8/2017) - Days after President Donald Trump first addressed the United Nations since taking office, UN supporters gathered to celebrate the organization—and to honor leaders including USC Professor of Preventive Medicine and Law Sofia Gruskin—at the 10th Annual West Coast Global Forum in Los Angeles Sept. 25.
Quantifying underreporting of law-enforcement-related deaths in United States vital statistics and news-media-based data sources: A capture–recapture analysis (10/18/2017) - by Justin M. Feldman, Sofia Gruskin, Brent A. Coull and Nancy Krieger, published by PLoS Medicine.
Baseline findings presented in Ghana (9/28/2017) - Laura Ferguson, associate director of the USC Program on Global Health & Human Rights, returned to Ghana in September to discuss and present draft findings of the baseline assessment on human rights barriers to accessing HIV services.
Killed by Police: Validity of Media-Based Data and Misclassification of Death Certificates in Massachusetts, 2004–2016 (9/28/2017) - By Justin M. Feldman, Sofia Gruskin, Brent A. Coull and Nancy Krieger, published in the American Journal of Public Health.
The report from the High Level Working Group on Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents is handed over to WHO Director-General Margaret Chan at the 70th World Health Assembly May 22. Photo Courtesy WHO. Work progresses in women, children and adolescents project (9/28/2017) - Experts met in New York this month following the launch of the High-Level Working Group on the Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents report at the 70th World Health Assembly and Human Rights Council in June.
Trump’s policies could ravage global health progress, experts say (9/27/2017) - USC event series examines potential health consequences of the current U.S. administration
Tuberculosis Botswana Field work commences for Global Fund project in Ghana, Indonesia (8/2/2017) - In July, Program on Global Health & Human Rights (GHHR) leadership traveled to two focus countries for the Global Fund Program to Reduce Human Rights Barriers to HIV, TB, and Malaria Services Baseline Evaluation project, which the program is working on in partnership with John Snow, Inc. (JSI). 
Monitoring, evaluation and accountability: Ensuring rights, equity and quality in family planning programmes Monitoring human rights in contraceptive services and programmes (7/28/2017) - This tool for Monitoring human rights in contraceptive services and programmes contributes to the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) ongoing work on rights-based contraceptive programmes. This work builds directly on WHO’s 2014 Ensuring human rights within contraceptive programmes: a human rights analysis of existing quantitative indicators (1) and the 2015 publication Ensuring human rights within contraceptive…
Findings presented at World Bank  (6/16/2017) - Laura Ferguson traveled to Washington D.C., in May to present initial research findings on reproductive and maternal health and human rights to the World Bank’s Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice, the Nordic Trust Fund and the Global Financing Facility.

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