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The Right to Health Conference Panelists

Panel I: Defining the problem

Tom McHaleTom McHale '07, has been active in health and human rights program delivery and research since graduating from Beloit. He spent a year living in Kenya as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. In Kenya, he researched health-related human rights violations among commercial sex workers.  He is now studying Global Health and Population at the Harvard School of Public Health.

He is engaged in critical medical ethnography with a focus on Africa and has been a conference panelist on this topic.

Sam HalabiSam Halabi, Fellow, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University. Research: the nature and potential of global regulation of transnational business enterprise with particular emphasis on the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control; the promulgation, implementation and enforcement of the human right to health as elaborated in the International Bill of Rights and accompanying comments. He also taught a course Human Rights Obligations of Non-State Actors: Implications for Global Health.

Halabi's scholarly agenda focuses on corporate law and emerging international or transnational regimes of industry-specific regulation. His current work focuses on the relationship between competing economic theories of the firm and the influence of those theories on corporate law, employment law and products liability law.

Lorraine Lathen, Weissberg global health panelistLorraine Lathen, Health Advocate and President, Jump at the Sun Consultants. Ms. Lathen is a health advocate with the bulk of her career centered on public health and social marketing.  She spent nearly twenty years providing technical direction to family planning, HIV/AIDS education, and child health initiatives in developing countries and the United States. She has lived and worked in West Africa where she provided technical support to USAID-sponsored health communication projects.  She engaged in community-based, participatory research on a number of health related topics such as teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, smoking cessation, domestic violence, infant mortality, and health disparities in birth, breast, and cervical cancer outcomes.

As a member of the United States Non-governmental Delegation to the UN Conference on Women in Beijing, China, Ms. Lathen advocated for the inclusion of women in clinical trials involving HIV/AIDS drug testing. She served as the Co-Chair of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s Healthy Birth Outcomes Initiative Steering and was recently selected to lead the Wisconsin Partnership Project’s effort to improve infant mortality rates in the cities of Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha and Beloit.  Additionally, as the Co-Investigator on the HRSA-funded ABCs for Healthy Families Project, she supports the Department of Health Services’ efforts to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in birth outcomes.

Programs that she has managed have been transformational at the individual, community and/or country levels.  She works to support initiatives that are focused on building a world of hope, tolerance, and social justice, where everyone lives in dignity and security. 

Panel II: Effecting Change:  Examples from Philanthropy, Government, and Education.

Peter Navario, Weissberg global health panelistPeter Navario, Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations. From 2005 until 2008, Navario comanaged the BroadReach Healthcare HIV treatment program in South Africa, leading the departments of monitoring, evaluation and reporting, and information management. He led the evaluation of the World Bank-funded Treatment Access Program (TAP) in Burkina Faso, coordinated HIV program management training for the Ministry of Health in Ethiopia, and authored a position paper on HIV/AIDS resource mobilization and allocation for the United Nations Program on HIV/AIDs (UNAIDS).

At Baylor College of Medicine, Navario managed a subgrant funded by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), for health professional training in HIV/AIDS in South Africa, Côte d’Ivoire, Tanzania, and Zambia. He also chaired the Ministry of Health’s National HIV/AIDS Health Professional Training Curriculum Committee in Botswana. Navario also conducted an economic analysis of a national perinatal HIV prevention program in Romania; managed a Secure-the-Future (Bristol-Myers Squibb) funded HIV training project in South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, and Botswana; and drafted HIV clinical trials with the Pediatric AIDS Clinical Trials Group (PACTG) at the National Institutes of Health.

Sheila Tlou See the 2009-2010 Weissberg Chair page

Sherryl Broverman, Weissberg global health panelistSherryl Broverman, Associate Professor of the Practice, Department of Biology at Duke University. Dr. Broverman is involved in a diverse array of research programs. The first research agenda examines the linkages between gender inequality, education and HIV risk in rural Kenya, explicitly examining HIV risk taking in both male and female adolescents and the social, cultural and spatial factors that impact sexual decision-making. A second agenda examines the impact of using humanitarian topics as the lens through which to teach basic science, and has shown that the methodology recruits underrepresented populations into science courses; creates affective change towards learning science in non-major students; and can create a sense of being a ‘global citizen’ in the absence of sending students abroad. This research agenda has included developing linked curricula on HIV/AIDS with Egerton University in Kenya, as well as serving as a consultant for their nascent HIV/AIDS education programs. The third research agenda includes a partnership with Visual Studies to develop multi-media maps in a Google Earth platform to enhance understanding of geographic factors impacting health and community development in rural Kenya. 

Dr. Broverman’s work in Kenya led to her co-founding the NGO the Women’s Institute for Secondary Education and Research (WISER). WISER’s vision is to create a replicable model for ending the cycle of gender disparity in education, health, and community leadership in the global south.  It’s mission is to improve educational, economic, and health outcomes for girls; create gender allies in boys; and promote community-wide enhancements in health and development. WISER has established a strong community partnership in Muhuru Bay, Kenya where the organization has built a private secondary boarding school for girls that also serves as the catalyzing focal point for all community development programs in the village.