The right to health is the idea that every individual has the right to the highest attainable standard of health care. This is an idea espoused in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, spoken each year by graduating Harvard Chan School students, and etched in stone on the Harvard Chan School building.
Equity and justice are the principles that every person has access to health care. It means addressing and eliminating systemic and structural barriers to health equity, whereby everyone has the opportunity to live a healthy and fulfilling life, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, or social economic status.
Join Harvard Chan School faculty and alumni, as well as experts in the field, as Alumni Weekend covers topics including environmental justice, transgender health and gender-affirming care, racial disparities and structural racism, racial and ethnic equity in health care, and reproductive and women’s health.
Alumni Weekend 2023 aims to center the voices and experiences of marginalized communities to bring their unique needs and perspectives to the forefront, to create a healthcare system responsive to the needs of all individuals and promoting health justice.
Alumni Weekend kicks off with a virtual program on Thursday, September 28, followed by a networking reception at Trillium Brewery with employers, students, and alumni. Friday programming begins at 5:00pm at The Charles Hotel in Cambridge with a keynote panel, followed by a reception and the annual Award of Merit Dinner. Saturday programming will be in the Kresge Building on the Harvard Chan School campus and will feature a networking breakfast, the Annual Alumni Association Meeting, a case study presentation, panels, and the annual Professional Achievement Awards Luncheon, ending with a champagne and dessert reception.
Visit the Schedule page for the complete list of programs.