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CUHCC legal clinic merges human rights with medical care

At the Community-University Health Care Center, a long-standing medical-legal partnership offers patients legal resources alongside care.

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Make refugee health care great [again], writes UMN assoc. professor

Many health care providers aren’t fully educated on the unique challenges and circumstances refugees may experience, which can negatively influence their care.

Philbrick recently published a commentary detailing these challenges in the May issue of the American Journal of Public Health. It is titled “Make Refugee Health Care Great [Again].”

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In the News: APA was complicit in CIA torture, interrogations

Officials with the American Psychological Association (APA) secretly worked with the CIA to protect U.S. torture programs, an independent review released last week found. The review reported that the APA took measures to align their ethics policies with the Department of Defense (DOD), which favored allowing psychologists to advise and engage in torture interrogations.

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The link between human rights and public health

Medical professionals work under a shared ethical principle: to heal. It’s a part of the Hippocratic Oath, the ethical code of conduct binding physicians and health care professionals to putting patient care first.

Clinical medicine is not just about the ethics of bedside doctoring; the practice of medicine must engage human rights to improve health, says Steven Miles, M.D., Ph.D., Maas Family Endowed Chair in Bioethics in the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Center for Bioethics.

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