#RightToHealth – Jennifer Glinski

The majority of us do not think about our health until something is wrong. It is therefore fair to assume that even fewer of us think about our ‘right to health’ or know that a concept such as the ‘right to health’ even exists. But what if your day to day life was uncertain and unsettled thus directly impacting not only your health but also your treatment options? What does your health or the right to health mean when who you are or what you are experiencing determines the access and quality of care you receive?

In a groundbreaking piece of participatory action research funded by NHS Health Scotland, the Centre for Health Policy at the University of Strathclyde in partnership with the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland, the Health and Social Care Academy, SNAP, Glasgow Homelessness Network, and the Mental Health Foundation, sought to answer those questions by conducting research alongside members of some of the most vulnerable populations in Glasgow. Peer researchers from the Mental Health Foundation and the Glasgow Homelessness Network met with over 80 research participants who were either refugees or asylum seekers, or persons who had experienced homelessness in Glasgow. The results of the focus groups and personal interviews by the peer researchers give a unique insight into the lives of persons who experience hardships and discrimination in their quest to maintaining their health and well-being.

This Friday, 26th August 2016, the University of Strathclyde warmly welcomes you to join us at the launch of the What do you mean, I have a right to health? research project. The launch will feature a presentation of the key findings and the opportunity for the peer researchers, who themselves have either experienced homelessness or the asylum seeking process, to share their experiences of health and the research process. The session will include the premiere of a new film by Kate Burton, ‘A Right to Health: the view from here’.

The launch will be followed by a talk by Professor Alicia Ely Yamin of Georgetown University on the elements of a human rights-based approach to health.

This event will be of interest to anyone with an interest in health and human rights, including those with personal experience of human rights issues, policy makers and practitioners.

To book your free place on this event visit the Eventbrite page.


Imagining our Future

The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE), along with many of our 1200 members, have long argued for transformative change in health and social care. Recent years have seen growing consensus on the need for radical change. What is less clear is how we are going to quicken the scale and pace of progress towards models of health and social care that are truly fit for the future.

Attempts to alleviate stubborn health inequalities and find better responses to an ageing population and rising social need are set against a backdrop of mounting financial pressures and reductions in public spending. Disabled people, those living with long term conditions and unpaid carers are feeling the impact of rising living costs (with wages failing to keep pace), welfare reforms and cuts to – or increased charges for – many of the supports that enable them to enjoy their basic rights to health, independent living and work. Read More “Imagining our Future”