Seattle U presents A Human Right to Health: Pathways and Responses

7 CNE contact hours

Date / Time

Nov 15, 2019, 8:00am–5:00pm Save to your calendar (.ics file)


New policy in Washington State and the efforts to contain the opioid epidemic through litiga­tion will be covered.
• Challenges different groups face in accessing health care.
• Concus­sion proto­cols; accom­mo­da­tions for aller­gies, seizures, diabetes-lessons learned in the major school related litiga­tion of the last 10 years and both sides will be examined: enforce­ment and steps to protect from becoming involved in litiga­tion.
• One research study found that 88 percent of human trafficking victims had contact with a health care provider during their trafficking situa­tion. Hospi­tals play a key role in identi­fying victims and providing services.
• With commu­ni­cable disease outbreaks regularly in the news our speakers will use case studies to describe current standards and challenges.

Agenda —

8:00 to 8:25 a.m. Regis­tra­tion and Coffee Service

8:25 to 8:30 a.m. Welcome and Intro­duc­tion to the day

Anne Watanabe, Chair-Elect, World Peace Through Law Section, WSBA

8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Session 1: Opioid Abuse and Litiga­tion: Legal and Policy Responses

David Ko, Keller Rohrback LLP;

Jeb Shepard, Policy Director Washington State Medical Association

This session will go over new policy that Washington State is pursuing to contain the opioid epidemic; and will also look at other innov­a­tive litiga­tion solutions that have been pursued.

9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Session 2: Access to Health Care Issues

Amie Bishop, MSW, MPH. Consul­tant, Global Health and Human Rights.

Challenges facing different groups in accessing health care will be addressed including LGBTQ popula­tions. An individ­u­al’s right to access health with the lens of Federal versus civil rights. 

10:45 to 11:00 a.m. BREAK

11:00 to 12:00 p.m. Session 3: Student Health and the Schools Duties to Care

Jinju Park , Educa­tion Lawyer, Counter­mark PLLC, and former AAG Arizona state.

Concus­sion proto­cols; accom­mo­da­tions for aller­gies, seizures, diabetes – this session will look at the major litiga­tion of the last ten years and the lessons learned.

12:00 to 1:00 p.m. LUNCH (on your own)

1:00 to 1:45 p.m. Session 4: Trafficking in Persons

Shaquita Bell, MD, Clinical Associate Professor in Pediatrics, Univer­sity of Washington and Medical Director for the Center for Diver­sity and Health Equity, Seattle Children’s Hospital;

John Delfeld, Inpatient Social Worker Super­visor, Swedish Medical Center;

Staci Barsness, Senior Commu­ni­ca­tions Specialist, Seattle Children’s Hospital

One research study found that 88 percent of human trafficking victims had contact with a health care provider during their trafficking situa­tion. Hospi­tals play a key role in identi­fying victims and providing services. Join us to learn about two hospital systems’ efforts to develop human trafficking proto­cols and equip providers to identify victims.

1:45 to 2:45 p.m. Session 5: Inter­na­tional Ethics in Health Care

Professor Patricia Kuszler, Univer­sity of Washington School of Law, Director for Law, Science and Global Health

2:45 to 3:00 p.m. BREAK

3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Session 6: Toxic Chemi­cals, Human Health, and Human Rights

Dr. Howard Hu; board-certi­fied in Internal Medicine and Preven­tive (Occupa­tional) Medicine, Affil­iate Professor at the Univer­sity of Washington School of Public Health

Dr. Hu will discuss some of his work with Physi­cians for Human Rights over the last 30 years, including inves­ti­ga­tions of the use of chemical weapons against the Kurds, the impacts of mining waste on indige­nous commu­ni­ties in Guatemal, and the use of tear gas in South Korea and, currently, in Hong Kong. 

4:00 to 4:45 p.m. Session 7: Commu­ni­cable Diseases — Impor­tant Issues

Monique Cohen, King County Senior Deputy Prose­cuting Attorney and Counsel for Public Health, Seattle & King County, and King County Board of Health

Kathy Lofy, MD, State Health Officer/​Chief Science Officer, Washington Depart­ment of Health 

With commu­ni­cable disease outbreaks regularly in the news, join us to learn about Washington State’s relevant laws and King County’s processes involved in responding to commu­ni­cable diseases through the use of actual case studies (e.g. Clark County’s measles outbreak and King County tuber­cu­losis cases). The presen­ta­tion will highlight current standards and challenges in responding to major outbreaks.

4:45 p.m. Evalu­a­tions and Adjourn