Eric A. Friedman, J.D., is an Institute Associate and the Project Leader for the Joint Action and Learning Initiative on National and Global Responsibilities for Health (JALI), which supports a Framework Convention on Global Health grounded in the human right to health and aimed at closing health inequities. He holds a law degree from Yale Law School and B.A. from Yale College.
Before joining the O’Neill Institute, Eric was Senior Global Health Policy Advisor at Physicians for Human Rights, where he focused on health systems, the global shortage of health workers, and HIV/AIDS, and sought to increase the extent to which U.S. global health policy, and health workforce and systems policies globally, incorporated the right to health. He also served on the Board of the Global Health Workforce Alliance, an international partnership hosted by the World Health Organization, and chaired the Health Workforce Advocacy Initiative.
Eric’s primary interest is global health and human rights, especially the right to health, the importance of developing equitable, accountable health systems, and the responsibilities of all governments towards improving people’s health, domestically and globally.