Perspectives from the International AIDS Conference

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. Sofia Gruskin, director of the USC Institute for Global Health and Program on Global Health & Human Rights (GHHR), and Laura Ferguson, GHHR associate director, … Continue reading Perspectives from the International AIDS Conference

US Opposition to Breastfeeding Resolution: Don’t be surprised, do be concerned

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. While shocking, this doesn't come as a surprise, writes Laura Ferguson, associate director of the USC Program … Continue reading US Opposition to Breastfeeding Resolution: Don’t be surprised, do be concerned

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

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 … Continue reading L.A.’s diversity shapes Sofia Gruskin’s approach to global health research

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