In July 2016, the Georgetown University Health Justice Alliance Team was awarded a cross-campus Joint Pilot Project grant to launch several new medical-legal partnership (MLP) academic activities around the School of Medicine’s Health Justice Scholars program, a curricular track through which medical students learn about health care as a right and health justice as an advocacy objective.
Under this grant, students at both the law and medical schools will work together to learn about: (1) health disparities and legal solutions that can impact health; (2) the benefits of inter-professional collaboration; and (3) advocacy strategies focused on health justice.
The grant also supports planning for a law clinic program through which medical and law students will provide direct services to low-income patients. The award provides for an evaluation program to measure the impact of the Health Justice Alliance and develop best practices. Evaluation efforts are being undertaken in collaboration with Georgetown University Medical Center's Center for Child and Human Development.