Global Health Equity

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Who Are We?

Ronald Labonté
Professor and Canada  Research Chair (Globalization and Health Equity)
School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, University of Ottawa

Mira Johri
Professor, Deparment of Health Administration, Université de Montréal; Researcher, Institute de Recherche en Santé Publique, Université de Montréal; Researcher, Global Health Axis.
Professor Mira’s research makes use of quantitative evaluation methods and aims to better integrate concerns for equity and fairness into health policy. She is particularly interested in maternal and child health in low- and middle-income countries. Her current work focuses on equitable access to childhood vaccines.

Ted Schrecker
Professor of Global Health Policy in the Centre for Public Policy & Health, Durham University
Ted’s academic background is in political science, and he has taught that discipline as well as environmental studies and population health (at the doctoral level) from an interdisciplinary perspective. For the past decade his research has addressed the consequences of transnational economic integration (globalization) for health and health equity; he also has a long-standing interest in issues at the interface of science, ethics, law and public policy.

Amir Attaran
Canada Research Chain in Law, Population Health and Global Development Policy; Associate Professor, Faculties of Law and Medicine, University of Ottawa.
His current research interests include studies on the social and policy determinants of health in areas policy ranging from malaria to AIDS to hypertension; the fight against criminally counterfeit, falsified and substandard medicines; the role of intellectual property and trade law on access to medicines in less developed countries; and the application of human rights law in armed conflict and anti-terrorism.

Colleen O’Manique
Professor, Gender and Women’s Studies, Trent University, Peterborough.
Her research has focused on the intersections between global economic restructuring, gender, & health and health policy, and global health policy & human rights.

Corinne Packer
Researcher, Globalization and Health Equity Unit, School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, University of Ottawa.

Denise Spitzer
Canada Research Chair in Gender, Migration and Health; Professor, Feminist and Gender Studies, University of Ottawa.
Trained as a medical anthropologist, Dr. Spitzer is interested in the impact of marginalization on health and wellbeing and in the myriad of ways in which people and communities resist its effects.

James Orbinski
CIGI Chair in Global Health Governance, Balsillie School of International Affairs; Professor, International Policy and Governance, Health Sciences, Wilfrid Laurier University
Dr. Orbinski is a humanitarian practitioner and a leading scholar in global health. He believes in humanitarianism, in citizenship and in actively engaging and shaping the world in which we live, so that it is more humane, fair and just.

Jillian Clare Cohen-Kohler
Professor, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto; Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Governance, Transparency & Accountability in the Pharmaceutical Sector
Dr Kohler’s research is focused on fair access to essential medicines with a particular focus on good governance and intellectual property rights. She pioneered the methodology on good governance in the pharmaceutical system for the World Bank, which was subsequently adopted by the WHO and has been applied in over 35 countries globally.

Stephanie Nixon
Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto; Director, International Centre for Disability and Reconciliation.

Thomas Pogge
Director, Global Justice Program; Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs, Yale University; Research director, Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature, Oslo University.

Kirsten Stoebenau
Research Assistant Professor at the Center on Health, Risk and Society,
Department of Sociology, American University, Washington, DC.
Her research focuses on the social and structural determinants of women’s sexual and reproductive health with a geographical focus in sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, her interests include the social and structural determinants of women’s HIV risk within the context of sexual exchange relationships; and the socio-cultural and gendered determinants and consequences of fertility outcomes.

Roxanne Mykitiuk
Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University.

Ryoa Chung
Professor, Department of Philosophy, Université de Montréal.

Shree Mulay
Associate Dean and Professor, Community Health and Humanities, Memorial University.
She is committed to supporting rights of women to health and social justice. She has been a critic of medicalization of women’s bodies and written about the ethics of clinical trials for non-surgical sterilization of women.

Amy Kaler
Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Alberta.