Palestine Program for Health and Human Rights Projects

2023 Palestine Health and Human Rights Fellowship

PPHHR Leadership

The Palestine Program for Health and Human Rights will host the first annual in-residence health and human rights academic fellowship. Based at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, this fully funded one year fellowship provides an exceptional candidate with protected time, community, and resources to pursue their innovative work related to the health of Palestinians.

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Health and Human Rights Webinar Series

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Health and Human Rights Journal Special Edition on Palestinian Health

This special edition on Palestinian Health aims to explore the conceptual and material connections between settler colonialism and health in the Palestinian context. Themes include the manifestations of settler colonialism such as apartheid, the logic of elimination, and Palestinians’ right to health.  Papers explore themes that include:

  • The implications of integrating a framework of apartheid, settler colonialism, or structural racism with the HRBA to Palestinian health and wellbeing
  • Decolonial and/or anticolonial means of achieving the right to health within the current Palestinian context
  • The impacts of systemic, structural, or direct racism on the health of Palestinians

The Past, Present, and Future of Palestinian Health: A Radcliffe Exploratory Seminar

The political prospects for Palestinians have never been more dire, with inevitable downstream impacts on health. While international community engagement that lacks a structural analytic approach risks exacerbating root causes of Palestinian ill health, depoliticized and humanitarian interventions remain the norm. In response to seemingly intractable structural barriers, the Radcliffe workshop seeks to contribute a broadly collaborative justice- and rights-based approach to improving and uplifting Palestinian health.

In this workshop, a small cohort of experts from a variety of backgrounds and specialties including health, human rights, law, social sciences, anthropology, history, and activism will convene to discuss and develop a critical analysis of the current state of affairs, develop consensus statements and publications on the root causes of Palestinian health, and outline a radical future vision for the health of all Palestinians. A joint statement made by participants in the Radcliffe Seminar can be found here.

Past, Present, and Future of Palestinian Health

GHP 264: The Settler Colonial Determinants of Health at TH Chan Harvard School of Public Health

 

Health inequities within and between societies are garnering increased attention, but some historical and structural processes are insufficiently considered despite their significant contributions. This course introduces students to the concept of settler colonialism and its health equity implications for indigenous and settler populations. Utilizing case studies from the United States and Palestine/Israel, comparative analyses in this discussion- and lecture-based seminar will elucidate universal and particular elements of settler colonial societies while drawing causal chains to their perpetual outcomes: poorer health for indigenous and other non-settler (“arrivant”) communities. This course is open to graduate students across the University and is especially salient for those aspiring to engage in public or global health, public policy, legal scholarship, advocacy and activism, human rights, or for anyone eager to explore an alternative framework for understanding the enduring structures that generate racial health inequities in multiple global contexts.

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Palestine Health Research Fund

The Palestine Health Research Fund supports Birzeit and Harvard students and faculty to undertake research aimed at elucidating the structural and social determinants of health through grant and stipend support. Applications for stipend support is on a rolling basis. Please inquire with davidmills@hsph.harvard.edu for further information.


Intensive Social Medicine Course in Palestine—Summer 2023

Social Medicine Course

The Palestine Social Medicine course will bring together a multidisciplinary cadre of Palestinian and Harvard students for an experiential learning experience in Palestine. The course offers both conceptual and practical engagement with the structural determinants of health affecting Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Israel, and the Diaspora. The first annual Palestine Social Medicine Course will occur at Birzeit University in the West Bank, occupied Palestinian territories. It will include travel throughout the West Bank and Israel for site visits focused on evaluating the range of health care available, as well as the variable social conditions which contribute to and determine health outcomes.

The specific objectives of the course include:

  1. Educate Palestinian and Harvard health professional students on the social determinants of health in Palestine and other settings
  2. Integrate lectures and field visits into a comprehensive and dynamic learning experience
  3. Develop student appreciation for the need to be historically deep and geographically broad in their approach to understanding the complexities of health inequity
  4. Build a growing network of structurally competent health professionals to address and champion Palestinian health

Please check back in the Winter of 2022 for further information and a link for student applications.

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