HealthWrights: About


HealthWrights is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to advancing the health, basic rights, social equality, and self-determination of disadvantaged persons and groups. We believe that health for all people is only possible in a global society where the guiding principles are sharing, mutual assistance, and respect for cultural and individual differences.

See our page at the Independent Living Institute.


HealthWrights focuses on these activities:

  • Development and distribution of educational materials on health and human rights, presented clearly and simply so that people at all educational levels can understand them.

  • Community Health and Community Based Rehabilitation: mainly in the 3rd World in the South (mainly Mexico), but increasingly in disadvantaged communities in the North.

    • See: Piaxtla Project, a villager-run health-care network in the mountains of western Mexico (1968-2000)
  • Disability issues, rights and technologies, with leadership taken by disabled persons and their families.

    • See: PROJIMO Coyotitan, a rehabilitation program run by disabled persons. (1982-Present)
    • See: PROJIMO Durangito, a wheelchair and prosthetics workshop run by disabled persons. (1982-Present)
    • See: Habilítate Mazatlán, an innovative service program run by disabled recovering-drug-users.
  • Child-to-Child helping children discover ways to help protect the health and well-being of their younger brothers and sisters, and other children.

  • Critical analysis of the politics of poor health, and awareness raising to mobilize a broad-based grassroots movement to work toward fairer and healthier social structures. To this end we maintain a separate website called Politics of Health,

  • Networking among progressive health, disability, human rights, environmental, and other groups, to work for social change and stronger participation of under-represented groups. Our semi-annual Newsletter is one of our broadest networking tools.



David Werner
Jason Weston

Board Members

Barry Goldensohn
Bruce Hobson
Jim Hunter
Donald Laub
Leopoldo Ribota
David Werner
Jason Weston
Efraín Zamora

International Advisory Board

Allison Akana United States
Dwight Clark Volunteers in Asia
Mira Shiva India
Michael Tan Philippines
María Zúniga Nicaragua

Spanish Translation

Juan Ignacio Gómez Iruretagoyena Newsletter translations
Ricardo M. Translation
Dolores Mesina Revision
Adrián Martínez Lomovskoi Revision

Web Team

Maria Web Coordinator
Michael Web, Technical
DW Webmaster (Retd.)
JM Web designer (2011) (Retd.)
Efrain Zamora Web designer (2001) (Retd.)
Jason Weston Web designer 1995-2001) (Retd.)
Nancy Newsletter summaries, categories and tags (Retd.)