“A 2020 Vision for Our Children’s Future”: Physicians for Human Rights 8th annual regional symposium

On January 10th and 11th, the Nathan Smith Society and the Geisel Medical School collaborated to host “A 2020 Vision for Our Children’s Future: Physicians for Human Rights 8th annual regional symposium” at Dartmouth College in the Life Sciences Center.


Children are the faces of tomorrow and the foundation of our collective future, but in our ever-changing world, children’s right to health continuously encounters new challenges. The multidisciplinary theme of this conference focused on protecting the rights of children and healing humanity through our investment in improving the lives of future generations. The symposium began with a kickoff screening of the Emmy-winning film Dawnland on the evening of Friday, January 10th. It continued through Saturday, January 11th, during which it tackled the topic of children’s right to health and its many facets: the echoes of adverse childhood events (ACEs), the importance of nutrition in growing bodies, the forgotten rights of displaced children, the impact of maternal health on children’s health outcomes, the rights of children with disabilities, the empowering effect of education, and the evolving relationship between children and technology. A host of wonderful speakers that are experts in this field kindly graced us with their presence, knowledge, and expertise. Our enthusiastic audience, filled with those passionate about education and many that work in the childcare field, discussed and interacted directly with our guest speakers on ingrained societal problems and their potential solutions.


Many local organizations from the Upper Valley involved in childcare and children’s services were present to share their incredible work and connect with attendees interested in getting involved. Together, we discussed and reflected on ways to build a brighter tomorrow by protecting the human rights of children today.