Our Medical-Legal Partnership
The Health Justice Alliance is part of a national medical-legal partnership movement that integrates lawyers onto healthcare teams to combat health-harming social conditions through an upstream approach. To learn more about the medical-legal partnership model, visit the website of the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership.
The Health Justice Alliance works to improve the health and well-being of children and families living in D.C. through a law clinic in which law students provide free legal services to low-income patients onsite at Georgetown University health clinics as an integral part of the treatment team and consistent with the Medical Center’s philosophy of cura personalis, care of the whole person.
Through joint academic courses and clinical experience across the Law Center and Medical Center, the Health Justice Alliance trains and mobilizes the next generation of attorneys, doctors, nurses and other health professionals to collaborate to achieve greater social and health justice. This partnership will build on the School of Medicine’s longstanding Health Justice Scholars program and the Health Outreach for Youth and Adults (HOYA) Clinic, a medical student-driven free clinic at the DC General Family Shelter.
Students and faculty seek to understand and analyze laws and policies that impact the health and justice outcomes of vulnerable populations and advocates for policy changes designed to help improve health outcomes and decrease health disparities.
The Health Justice Alliance conducts research aimed at understanding barriers to improved health and justice for vulnerable populations, and developing best practices to remove those barriers.