Panel 2 – Agents of un-change: Implicating Institutions and Actors Maintaining Current Health Inequities

Panel 2

Agents of un-­change: Implicating institutions and actors maintaining current health inequities

Kresge G1 – 11:15 AM to 12:30 PM

Global health departments in North America and Europe seem to be the place to do research on low-­income, formerly colonized countries, in often apolitical, ahistorical, and un­critical ways. Large amounts of global health funding come from former colonial powers or philanthropists, and the very processes that gave rise to their wealth and overall inequality – capitalist and colonial exploitation – remain unchallenged. This panel aims to focus on how these actors can, implicitly or explicitly, often uphold the very structures resulting in health inequities.

Panelists:

Melissa Barber, PhD Student, Dept. of Global Health and Population, Harvard University

Collins Airhihenbuwa, Professor, Georgia State University School of Public Health

James Pfeiffer, Professor of Global Health, Anthropology, University of Washington

Jigyasa Sharma, PhD Student, Dept. of Global Health and Population, Harvard University

Recording (skip to 1:53:00)