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2021 Keynote Speaker

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Monday, April 26, 2021 10-11 a.m. EDT

No magic bullets: The importance of community-led approaches and human rights in the response to global health challenges

Joseph Amon HeadshotJoseph Amon, PhD, MSPH

Clinical Professor and Director of the Office of Global Health, Community Health and Prevention Department, Dornsife School of Public Health

Joe Amon, PhD, MSPH, is the Director of the Office of Global Health and Clinical Professor in the Department of Community Health and Prevention at the Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health. Trained in molecular parasitology, he has worked for a wide range of governmental and non-governmental organizations, including the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, FHI360, Helen Keller International, and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. During his ten-year tenure at Human Rights Watch, he founded programs on human rights and health, disability, and the environment. Dr. Amon has also held visiting or adjunct academic appointments with Paris School of International Affairs (SciencesPo), Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Princeton, Columbia, and Johns Hopkins Universities as well as the Institute for Advanced Studies (Princeton).

Using quantitative, qualitative, and legal/policy analysis, Dr. Amon has conducted research on how (and why) specific populations, and diseases, are neglected, and on the impact of political determinants, such as laws, and their enforcement, on health. This work has examined the impact of discrimination on access to prevention and treatment; censorship and the denial of health information; arbitrary detention; the “judicialization” of health; and the role of civil society in the response to infectious disease outbreaks and environmental health threats.

Dr. Amon is a member of the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group of UNAIDS and the organization’s Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights. He is also a member of a working group on monitoring and evaluation at the Global Fund and has served on several WHO advisory committees related to ethics and human rights related to HIV and TB. Dr. Amon is also on the editorial board and ethics committee of the Journal of the International AIDS Society and is Senior Editor of the Health and Human Rights Journal.