This virtual dialogue, a partnership between the USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health and Office of Federal Relations, will bring together global health equity leaders from the U.S. government, the World Health Organization and Kenyan civil society to discuss and capitalize on the historic opportunity offered by the Biden-Harris administration to embed equity into U.S. global health investments and diplomacy.

With equity at the top of the Biden-Harris administration’s policy agenda — and calls to “decolonize” global health growing in the U.S. and globally — the event will ask what it means in practice to position health equity as a U.S. foreign policy priority. It will provide a unique platform for experts from two branches of the U.S. government, the United Nations, and Kenyan civil society to grapple with and strategize on these issues together.

The event occurs amid major developments in the broader global health landscape, including the revision of the International Health Regulations, negotiations for a potential new pandemic accord and financing mechanism, and the U.S.-hosted replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Within the United States, it occurs against the backdrop of the first-ever National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality and the upcoming 20th anniversary of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, which provides a generational opportunity to extend the bipartisan consensus on HIV/AIDS to a future vision of global health for all.


  • Opening remarks by Representative Barbara Lee (CA-13), U.S. House of Representatives
  • Loyce Pace, Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Pascale Allotey, Director, Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research (includes HRP), World Health Organization
  • Allan Maleche, Director, Kenya Ethical and Legal Issues Network on HIV/AIDS
  • The dialogue will be moderated by Prof. Jonathan Cohen, JD MPhil, Clinical Professor and Director of Policy Engagement at USC IIGH

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