WELL BEINGS: The Human Right to Healthcare
The strength of the world depends primarily on the health of its greatest resource – its people. Healthy people do more than merely survive. Children who are healthy can focus on school, go on to pursue a career and work toward a self-sustainable future. Healthy adults can enjoy their lives, go to work, contribute to their communities and support their families.
Disparities in access to health services, then, affect both individuals and communities. Health equity can only be achieved with comprehensive, quality healthcare services across all populations. As a nation, we must ensure our future by securing the human right to quality healthcare for individuals around the world.
Ms. Catherine Albisa, a constitutional and human rights lawyer who is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI) and a commissioner for New York’s Commisson on Human Rights;
Ms. Laurie Garrett, best-sellng author and Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York.
Dr. Norma Bowe,College of Education, Kean University. Her course Death in Perspective has a three year waiting list and is the subject of the book The Death Class: A True Story About Life, by Erika Hayasaki a former LA Times journalist. She leads Kean's community service and activist group “Be the Change” fashioned after Gandhi’s famous quote “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Her team was recently invited to the Clinton Global Initiative to present their healing vertical garden creation.