According to Morton: “Rights [aren’t] real . . . for human beings until they are codified in law and public policy [and enforced] . . . . Communities of care . . . should be accounting for people’s legal risks, rights and remedies in all of their care delivery and planning.” Other themes from the interview — recorded in March 2021 — include the importance of balancing crisis management with prevention and policy priorities like affordable housing generation, community health worker advancement, and legal professional responsibility rule reform.
“The Intersection,” a production of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, is a series of interviews with health and human rights experts. Previous interviews have featured Michael Curry, President and CEO of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, Dr. Renee Boynton-Jarrett, Founding Director of the Vital Village Network, Jill Shah, President of the Shah Family Foundation and Writer and Medical Ethicist Harriet Washington.
For more information on the series, visit the FXB Center’s YouTube channel.