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Jennifer Prah Ruger: The World Needs a New Global Health Architecture

In a world beset by serious and unconscionable health disparities, by dangerous contagions that can circle our globalized planet in hours, and by a bewildering confusion of health actors and systems, humankind needs a new vision, a new architecture, new coordination among renewed systems to ensure central health capabilities for all. In her new book, “Global Health Justice and Governance,” Dr. Prah Ruger lays out the critical problems facing the world today and offers a new theory of justice and governance as a way to resolve these seemingly intractable issues. 

Join the Petrie-Flom Center and the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School in welcoming Dr. Jennifer Prah Ruger for a panel discussion about the issues covered in her book (Oxford University Press, 2018), and more, on March 11.

As the Amartya Sen Professor of Health Equity, Economics, and Policy in the School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Prah Ruger founded and directs the Health Equity and Policy Lab (HEPL) which conducts quantitative and qualitative research on the equity implications of health and social policies. Dr. Prah Ruger has also authored over 100 publications on health disparities, global health justice, and global health governance. Her expertise will join that of HLS Visiting Professor Michael Stein, Co-founder and Executive Director of Harvard Law School’s Project on Disability, and Alicia Ely Yamin, Global Health and Rights Project Senior Fellow at Petrie-Flom, who will round out the panel discussion.

A fundamental responsibility of society is to ensure human flourishing. The central role that health plays in flourishing places a unique claim on our public institutions and resources, to ensure central health capabilities to reduce premature death and avoid preventable morbidities. Faced with staggering inequalities, imperiling epidemics, and inadequate systems, the world desperately needs a new global health architecture. We look forward to hearing our panelists address these challenging issues.

We hope you can join us for what will surely be a thought-provoking conversation about the future of global health governance!

This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided. RSVP now!


  • Jennifer Prah Ruger,Amartya Sen Professor of Health Equity, Economics, and Policy, School of Social Policy & Practice and the Perelman School of Medicine; Faculty Chair, Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP); and founder and director, Health Equity and Policy Lab (HEPL), University of Pennsylvania
  • Michael SteinVisiting Professor of Law, Harvard Law School and Co-founder and Executive Director, Harvard Law School Project on Disability
  • Alicia Ely Yamin,Senior Fellow, Global Health and Rights Project, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, Harvard Law School; Senior Scholar in Residence, Global Health Education and Learning Incubator (GHELI), Harvard University; Adjunct Lecturer on Global Health and Population, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health; and Affiliate, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Moderator: Carmel ShacharExecutive Director, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics and Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School.

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One thought to “Jennifer Prah Ruger: The World Needs a New Global Health Architecture”

  1. Hello. I fully agree with the author of the book, I think the most urgent problem of health care, these are children’s serious illnesses, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and such waterlogging that are difficult to treat. Reforms in health care are needed – but how they will be effective is unknown. Thanks for the good book review.

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