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Social Injustice and Public Health$
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Barry S. Levy

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190914653

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190914653.001.0001

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Addressing Social Injustice in a Human Rights Context

Addressing Social Injustice in a Human Rights Context

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(p.465) 22 Addressing Social Injustice in a Human Rights Context
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Social Injustice and Public Health
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Sofia Gruskin

Paula Braveman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190914653.003.0022

Violation or neglect of human rights jeopardizes health by interfering with physical, mental, and social well-being. This chapter considers the relevance of human rights to public health as legal standards and obligations of governments, as a conceptual framework of analysis and advocacy, and as guiding principles for designing and implementing policies and programs. It recommends institutionalizing perspectives on social justice and human rights in all health-sector actions, monitoring implications of policies in all sectors that affect health, and building public consensus for equitable financing of healthcare. The authors assert that human rights principles provide a framework that can guide health workers and others in achieving social justice in health and that health workers should be aware that human rights norms, standards, laws, and accountability mechanisms are relevant tools to help achieve social justice in health. A text box focuses on promoting the rights of “undocumented immigrants” in the United States.

Keywords:   social justice, social injustice, health, public health, human rights, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Convention on the Rights of the Child, the right to health, global health, “undocumented immigrants”

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