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CPATH’s documents and information have been widely distributed and translated to health advocacy and professional organizations as well as to grassroots coalitions, including the People’s Health Movement and the World Organization of the Right of People to Health Care, in the U.S., Central America, the Caribbean, and in South America. CPATH’s information and analysis has also assisted new groups in becoming active voices in the trade debate, and in advocating directly with policy-makers to protect health and access to vital human services.

International trade agreements: a threat to tobacco control policy, E R Shaffer, J E Brenner, and T P Houston, Tobacco Control 2005;14:ii19-ii25; BMJ Publishing Group Ltd; http://tc.bmjjournals.com/cgi/reprint/14/suppl_2/ii19
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“Global Trade and Public Health,” American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), January 2005, identifies important challenges raised by global trade for public health and democracy, and calls for greater engagement and action from health activists and advocates. AJPH is a publication often cited by health activists and advocates, and is distributed to 50,000 American Public Health Association (APHA) members (advocates and professionals) as well as to libraries nationally and internationally. CPATH distributed the article directly via email and listserv to thousands of contacts.

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“Trade and Health Care: Corporatizing Vital Human Services” – CPATH directors contributed this chapter in the book, Sickness and Wealth: The Corporate Assault on Global Health, published by South End Press. The book has been widely distributed nationally and used by community-based activists and organizers.

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“Trade and Health: Reformulating Global Governance to Advance Public Health.” – CPATH presented a working paper on alternative policies to promote health in an era of global trade at the first gathering of the Global Policy Innovations Project, a project of the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs. The meeting, Promoting Real Choices for a Changing World, was attended by social, economic, and environmental justice activist leaders from across the globe, in September, 2004. These leaders provided commentary and proposed suggestions for the paper, as well as discussing effective ways in which the paper would serve their constituencies. CPATH has since continued to communicate and work with a number of these leaders in the global south about how to tailor the paper for use by their constituencies and in their communities around the world. Please send an email to cpath@cpath.org to participate in evolving this paper.

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• CPATH’s analysis of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), "The FTAA: Health Hazard for the Americas? Accountability in International Trade Agreements," first produced in November, 2003, was reprinted in both journal and book chapter form during 2004.

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“Advice and No Dissent: Public Health and the Rigged U.S. Trade Advisory System,” by Joe Brenner and Ellen R. Shaffer, Multinational Monitor, Vol. 25, No. 11, November, 2004.

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• Section on public health advocacy on trade in Social Injustice and Public Health, edited by Victor Sidel and Barry Levy, 2005.

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Bringing a Public Health Voice to Global Trade and Sustainable Development
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Ellen R. Shaffer and Joe Brenner, Co-Directors
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