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What do the rights to due process, health care, a clean environment, education, and living wage have in common? Over the next four years, we are likely to witness dramatic changes in how the US government sees and treats fundamental rights.  RightsWatch seeks to bring Duke scholars and activists in conversation about the rights debates that will shape the future.  These panels are designed to comment on a fast-moving political scene while at the same time engaging in civil – and deeply civic – conversation.

The panel will be live streamed from the Duke Human Rights Center@FHI Facebook page. Please post questions in the comment section of the livestream post.





Don Taylor is a professor of Public Policy at Duke University. He holds three degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, including PhD in Health Policy and Management from the School of Public Health. His papers have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, BMJ, Health Affairs, The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, and Social Science and Medicine. Most of his ongoing research is in the area of end of life policy with a focus on patient decision making and Medicare hospice policy. He was named a member of the HRSA Negotiated Rulemaking Committee that was created by the Affordable Care Act to reconsider how the federal government identifies Health Professional Shortage Areas and Medically Underserved Areas. Taylor is currently writing a book on the role of health care policy in developing a long range balanced budget in the U.S.




Michelle J. Lyn is the Assistant Professor and Chief of the Division of Community Health in the Department of Community and Family Medicine; and Co-Director for the Center for Community and Population Health Improvement. Ms. Lyn was a founding member of the Division of Community Health and was instrumental in designing and launching more than 40 of the Division’s collaborative, community-based clinical, care management, educational, and research initiatives; including the development of neighborhood clinics; school-based health centers; and the Just for Us Program, which cares for chronically ill homebound seniors in their homes. She was also instrumental to the creation of the Division’s care management services, which included a North Carolina Community Care Network, Northern Piedmont Community Care (NPCC) covering six North Carolina counties, linking more than 50 primary care practices, four hospital systems, and local departments of social services, health and mental health serving approximately 80,000 Medicaid beneficiaries.



Dr. Dennis Clements is a professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Community and Family Medicine, Nursing and Medicine at Duke University Medical Center. He is also an adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health in Chapel Hill, NC. Dr. Clements received his M.D. from the University of Rochester in New York and completed his pediatric residency at Duke University, North Carolina. From 1976-8 Dr. Clements was a flight Surgeon in the USAF and is still a certified flight instructor. After eight years in private pediatric practice in Durham, NC in 1986, Dr. Clements returned to Duke University as a Pediatric Infectious Disease fellow.



January 26, 2017
11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall (C105)
114 S. Buchanan Blvd.
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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919 668 1911