From the Editor
Welcome to the newest issue of Human Services Today – the premier international journal in Human Services! Our focus internationally, rather than just the US, is quite evident in this issue with three features. We start out with Professor Figueroa and his fine legal scholarship examining the issues of whether or not people have a right to health. In Chile, their constitution and its support of right to health is being used to promote treatment of people with HIV/AIDs. “In the Field” features a nonprofit organization supporting girl’s education in Uganda. Additionially, Dr. Alfred Kisubi joins us as our new International Editor.
Dr.’ s Garcia and Rose use the unique WEBStar approach to the interconnection of people and problem-solving and its application to Human Services. Dr. Cramer’s Web Resource Spotlight focuses on evaluation.
As always, I look forward to hearing your comments, suggestions as well as reviewing your manuscript or accepting your offer to serve on our editorial board.
Enforcing the Right to Health before the Courts:
The case of HIV-AIDS in Chile
The enforcement of the right to health raises many questions: is there a right to health; which are the different ways of enforcing economic rights and which is the most appropriate for the right to health; can any person seek in court the enforcement of the right to health; are judges institutionally capable of addressing this issue; etcetera. The objective of this article is to provide some light to these questions in a non-technical way, doing two things: presenting the experience of Chile regarding judicial enforcement of the right to health in cases of people with HIV-AIDS, and providing some insight from the international doctrine concerning the enforcement of this right.
Expanding the Potential of Online Courseware in Human Service Classrooms
Penny A. Garcia
Stephen A. Rose
WebSTAR utilizes web-based online courseware as a portal through which students at a number of campuses across distances can collaborate around an inquiry based problem. WebSTAR provides a means of structuring that environment for both student and faculty interaction and collaboration. WebSTAR telecommunication projects were initially used to promote intercampus collaboration among teacher education faculty and their classes. Findings from these initial projects (i.e. students were eager to create items for an audience greater than their immediate class, and were anxious for positive feedback on their efforts by other campuses) are briefly summarized. Some of these findings are applicable to many university courses and suggest that the WebSTAR model would be useful across disciplines. An example of the use of the WebSTAR model in a human services course to acquaint students with the advocacy process is presented.
In the Field — Iganga Female Headteachers Association (IGAFHA)
Florence Mutyabule, Link Secretary
Iganga Female Headteachers (Principals) Association is a non-profit organization that brings the female headteachers together to provide a platform for the girl child articulate critical issues that affects her socially, economically and morally as a result of the rigged cultural rules of the area. The organization further provides assistance to the abused girl children.
Web Resource Spotlight
Meeting with our Advisory Board is always informative. At our spring meeting one person started asking about evaluating programs and community impact. That prompted me to explore this topic in more depth and bring you a short list of sites on these topics. If you have additional sites you use, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll list them in our next issue.