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Right to Science

Resources on the nature and scope of the right to science

covid-19 and human rights resources


The internationally recognized right to health encompasses the right to health-related education and information. The Coronavirus Resources Collection from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provides up-to-date information on COVID-19, along with other resources on prevention, response, and recovery from pandemic infectious disease. The National Academy of Medicine has also put together a specific resource collection on Health Equity in the Context of COVID-19 and Disproportionate Outcomes for Marginalized Groups

The National Academies' Societal Experts Action Network has created a COVID-19 Data Guide for Decision-Makers. The rapid consultation guide summarizes the benefits and drawbacks of seven specific COVID-19 measurements that decision-makers can consider as they use these measurements to respond to the outbreak.

Selected Academy publications with relevance for specific human rights issues are highlighted below:  


Health Disparities
Unequal Treatment   Framing the Dialogue   Communities in Action
Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Healthcare   Framing the Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity to Advance Health Equity  

Communities in Action: Pathways to
Health Equity

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Immigration, Refugee, and Migrant Populations
Immigration as a social determinant   refugee symposium cover   Facilitating health communication

Immigration as a Social Determinant
of Health

  Protecting the Rights of Individuals Fleeing Conflict: The Role of Scientists, Engineers, and Health Professionals   Facilitating Health Communication with Immigrant, Refugee, and Migrant Populations Through the Use of Health Literacy and Communication

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Digital Data and Privacy
big data and analytics   privacy and security   digital tech cover
Big Data and Analytics for Infectious Disease Research, Operations, and Policy   Privacy and Security in the 21st Century: Who Knows and Who Controls?   Human Rights and Digital Technologies 
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Domestic Violence
preventing violence   new directions   addressing the norms

Preventing Violence Against Women
and Children

  New Directions in Child Abuse and Neglect Research  

Addressing the Social and Cultural Norms That Underlie the Acceptances of Violence

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Incarceration (Health, Inequality)
health and incarceration   growth of incarceration   criminal justice and social exclusion

Health and Incarceration

  The Growth of Incarceration in the
United States: Exploring Causes
and Consequences 

The Criminal Justice System and Social Exclusion: Race, Ethnicity, and Gender

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Selected Webinars and Workshops


The National Academy of Medicine and the American Public Health Association also host a webinar series that examines the science surrounding the current outbreak of COVID-19 with a focus on the emerging evidence on how to best mitigate its impact.