COVID-19 & Societal Impacts

Conflicts Between Law and Trust in the Name of Public Health

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The USC Law and Global Health Collaboration and the USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health, in collaboration with USC Community Health Equity Solutions (CHES), host a panel discussion with global and local experts to bring attention to the use and misuse of the law in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With a focus on the impacts on key and marginalized populations, speakers address grassroots, national and global level responses to the harms caused by governmental actions in the name of COVID within communities in Los Angeles, Kenya and around the world.

Featuring Mandeep Dhaliwal, director of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) HIV, Health and Development Group; Gerson Sorto, supervising attorney with Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County; and Allan Maleche, executive director of Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network on HIV and AIDS (KELIN).

Moderated by Sofia Gruskin, director of the USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health.

Who Will Benefit

– Public health specialists looking to understand how law has affected human rights issues throughout the pandemic
– Those who want to uncover how governments will attempt to regain public trust post-pandemic
– Law experts who want to address the underlying intersectional vulnerabilities in society through their practice

About Our Featured Faculty

Sofia Gruskin directs the USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health (IIGH). She is professor of preventive medicine and chief of the Disease Prevention, Policy and Global Health Division at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, professor of law and preventive medicine at the USC Gould School of Law, and an affiliate faculty member with the Spatial Sciences Institute at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Within USC, she is highly engaged in university service including as co-chair of the USC Senate Sustainability Committee, a member of the Joint Academic Senate and Provost Task Force on Interdisciplinary Communities, and primary convener of the USC Law & Global Health Collaboration.

Gruskin currently sits on numerous international boards and committees including the PEPFAR Scientific Advisory Board, the Lancet Commission on Gender and Global Health, the IUSSP Steering Committee to Strengthen Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems, and the Lancet Commission on Health and Human Rights. She is co-coordinator of the Rights-Oriented Research and Education Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health, an international network of sexual and reproductive health and rights researchers and advocates from the Global South and the Global North.

A pioneer in bringing together multi-disciplinary approaches to global health, Gruskin’s work, which ranges from global policy to the grassroots level, has been instrumental in developing the conceptual, methodological and empirical links between health and human rights, with a focus on HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, child and adolescent health, gender-based violence, non-communicable disease and health systems.