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