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Health as a Human Right

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

Institute for Public Health
Annual Conference & Poster Session

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. Speakers and the audience will engage in discussion 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.

Held by all human beings — regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, 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.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” This definition is expansive, conceptualizing health as not merely biomedical and pathology-focused but one that is measured by general “well-being”. Including both mental and social well-being in the definition of health greatly expands the understanding of which actors are involved in health – it is not only doctors and nurses, but other institutions and society at large.


This event will take place in person at the Eric P. Newman Education Center with university health guidelines in place. Online access will also be provided. Registration coming soon!

Call for poster abstracts

We invite you to submit poster abstracts that relate to the theme of the conference.
We are also accepting abstracts on general public health topics. Posters will be on display at the Eric P. Newman Education Center on the day of the conference, October 26. A poster session will take place immediately following the conference’s conclusion.

Upon acceptance, authors are required to fulfill the following:

  • Provide a short description (2-3 sentences) of your poster
  • Provide a PDF of your poster
  • Have your poster on display at the Eric P. Newman Education Center by 11am on Wednesday, October 26
  • Have someone available to discuss your poster during the poster session

Abstracts must be submitted by 11:59pm CT on Sunday, September 25. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by Wednesday, October 5.


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.