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Use these readings with the accompanying discussion guides and/or lesson plans to guide your team to a greater understanding of the mission, work, and philosophy of Partners In Health, as well as a look into the history of the global health field.

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Mission and Values of Partners In Health

History and Values of Partners In Health: Explore the history and values of PIH in order to contextualize how advocates and activists advance PIH’s Mission. Reading: PIH Change Narrative 1984-2010, Ophelia Dahl Structural Violence: Addressing the Root of Illness: Gain a foundational understanding of liberation theology and how it calls us to respond to the political, cultural, and economic histories that shape the health of the poor. Reading: Health, Healing, and Social Justice, p. 379-394, from Pathologies of Power, Paul Farmer A Social Justice Approach to Global Health: To deepen commitment to the social justice approach to health care delivery and to inspire action in accordance with this model to advance the human right to health. Reading: Health, Healing, and Social Justice, p. 394-402, from Pathologies of Power, Paul Farmer The Right to Health Movement: By exploring the history of the health equity movement, inspire a to commitment to participating in the Right to Health Movement. Reading: A Movement for Global Health Equity, p. 340-353, from Reimagining Global Health, Paul Farmer, Jim Yong Kim, Arthur Kleinman, and Matt Basilico Leadership and Organization in the Movement for the Right to Health: Grasp the magnitude of a social movement and contextualize the actions of PIH Engage in the movement for the right to health. Reading: Leading Change: Leadership, Organization, and Social Movements, p. 1-8 and 33-38, Marshall Ganz

The PIH Approach to Health Care Delivery: Our Role to Echo, Amplify, & Advocate

From Theory to Practice: Four Social Theories for Global Health: Apply four important social theories to global health problems, allowing team members to contextualize their advocacy and fundraising efforts. Reading: The Art of Medicine: four social theories for global health, Arthur Kleinman Health Care Delivery: Staff, Stuff, Systems: Dissect this important framework for health care delivery and understand the importance of integrating and coordinating care between community-based care, clinics, and hospitals. Reading: Redefining global health-care delivery, by Jim Yong Kim, Paul Farmer, Michael Porter Horizontal vs. Vertical: Challenges in Approaches to Global Health: Explore vertical, horizontal, and diagonal approaches to global health care delivery and how to overcome some of the main barriers. Reading: Mass campaigns versus general health services: what have we learnt in 40 years about vertical versus horizontal approaches?, Anne Mills Scaling Up in Global Health: Bridging the “Know-Do” Gap: Understand PIH’s approach to scaling up global health delivery and explore ways to bridge the “know-do” gap. Reading: Chronic Infectious Disease and the Future of Health Care Delivery, Paul Farmer Ethical Global Health Research: Grasp the importance of transferring skills and building local capacity when conducting research in low-income countries. Reading: Building Research Capacity in Africa: Equity and Global Health Collaborations, Chu et al.

Case Studies: Contextualizing with History

MDR-TB: Redefining Health Care Delivery: Use PIH’s fight for treatment of MDR-TB in settings of poverty as a case study to redefine what it means to deliver health care and conduct equitable research interventions alongside the poor. Reading: Optimism and Pessimism in Tuberculosis Control: Lessons from Rural Haiti, from Partner to the Poor, Paul Farmer The AIDS Epidemic Launches Global Health: Investigate how the AIDS epidemic launched the field of Global Health and encourage students to consider how they can utilize their skills to contribute to this new sector. Reading: Re-Defining the Possible: The Global Aids Movement, p. 111-121, from Reimagining Global Health, Paul Farmer, Jim Kim, Arthur Kleinman, Matt Basilico Activists and the Success of PEPFAR: Understand how strategic advocacy efforts contributed to the passage of PEPFAR and how this set the stage for massive advancements in the right to health movement. Reading: Redefining the Possible: The Global AIDS Response, p. 121-131, from Reimagining Global Health, Paul Farmer, Jim Kim, Arthur Kleinman, Matt Basilico Structural Violence in High-Income Countries: Question what it means to work in global health and how the actions of PIH Engage can work to advance health equity in the United States and other high-income countries. Reading: Life at the Top in America Isn’t Just Better, It’s Longer, Janny Scott Global Health Financing: The Need for Advocacy: Understand the deep-seated challenges in global health financing and the need for advocacy in securing a large-scale financing mechanism by exploring the history of key institutions funding global health. Reading: Blind Spot, Bretton Woods to Bamako, Salmaan Keshavjee, p. 85-99
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