Events / Health as a Human Right

Health as a Human Right

October 26, 2022
8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Eric P. Newman Education Center (EPNEC), 320 S Euclid Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110

Institute for Public Health
Annual Conference & Poster Session

Held by all human beings — regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, age, or other status — human rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, and the rights to work, family, movement and education.

Our 15th Annual Conference will explore the concept of health as a human right and how health affects the enjoyment of our human rights, while lack of access to human rights can affect our health.

The conference includes a keynote speech from Sofia Gruskin on gender-based violence and its impact on access to the full spectrum of health including health care. Following the keynote, the audience will be invited to participate in a conversation between experts Tendayi Achiume and Mati Hlatshwayo Davis on the intersection of human rights, racial discrimination & health equity. During two panel discussions, panelists will reflect on the positive and negative impacts of health policies and practices on human rights, and what happens when we fail to protect—or even violate—a person’s human rights.

After the conference, there will be networking opportunities and a poster session. Light fare and beverages will be provided.

View the event program for the agenda and expert bios.

In-person Attendance

This event will take place in person at the Eric P. Newman Education Center auditorium on the Washington University School of Medicine campus. Due to limited seating, registration is strongly encouraged. If space allows, walk-ins will be accepted .

Attendees will be expected to follow WashU’s public health requirements and any other guidelines deemed necessary. Learn about the current Medical Campus safety procedures.

Online Access

There will not be a real time option for virtual attendance, however, a recording of the event will be released shortly after the conference day. Those unable to attend in person, may register to receive a link to the conference recording.


If you have any accessibility needs, please contact Emily Hickner at We need to be notified at least five business days prior to the event to guarantee accommodation for interpretation and CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) services.