Sofia Gruskin named director of USC Institute for Global Health

Sofia Gruskin, J.D., MIA

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. A professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School with a joint appointment at the USC Gould … Continue reading Sofia Gruskin named director of USC Institute for Global Health

Assessing changes in HIV-related legal and policy environments: Lessons learned from a multi-country evaluation

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

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.Her talk emphasized the need to move beyond concepts and slogans to collective action moving beyond … Continue reading Strengthening justice systems for sexual and reproductive health in Vietnam

A novel methodology for strengthening human rights based monitoring in public health: Family planning indicators as an illustrative example

Patient education session, Uganda.

by Sofia Gruskin, Laura Ferguson, Shubha Kumar, Alexandra Nicholson, Moazzam Ali and Rajat Khosla, published in PLOS One

USC researchers develop method to monitor human rights in public health services

Patient education session, Uganda.

New methodology strengthens public health monitoring using human rights When it comes to measuring the success of public health work—from immunizations to family planning services—experts rely on sets of standardized indicators. But these indicators often neglect the voices and human rights of people who use the services, according to USC researchers. The USC Program on … Continue reading USC researchers develop method to monitor human rights in public health services

Global Perspectives on Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Across the Lifecourse

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. Organized into five parts—childhood and emerging adulthood; childbearing; reproductive control; violence; and beyond reproduction—the volume encompasses a lifecourse perspective in understanding women's … Continue reading Global Perspectives on Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Across the Lifecourse

United Nations group honors USC human rights leader

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. In light of Trump’s history of criticizing the UN, and … Continue reading United Nations group honors USC human rights leader

Quantifying underreporting of law-enforcement-related deaths in United States vital statistics and news-media-based data sources: A capture–recapture analysis

by Justin M. Feldman, Sofia Gruskin, Brent A. Coull and Nancy Krieger, published by PLoS Medicine.

Baseline findings presented in Ghana

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. This Global Fund-supported work is carried out in partnership with John Snow, Inc. The baseline assessment covers human … Continue reading Baseline findings presented in Ghana