Eileen S. Moore, M.D. is the founding Medical Director of the new Georgetown University Health Justice Alliance. Dr. Moore completed her fellowship in Primary Care and Health Policy at Georgetown University in 2000 and has been on the faculty at the Georgetown University School of Medicine (GUSOM) since that time. She currently serves as the Associate Dean for Community Education and Advocacy at GUSOM and has a robust clinical practice in General Internal Medicine.
Dr. Moore has a keen interest in progressive medical education and has dedicated much of her career to sharing her passion for access to care and quality of care for underserved and vulnerable populations with the next generation of doctors. Since 2007, Dr. Moore has served as the Medical Director for the Health Outreach to Youth and Adults (HOYA) Clinic, the first student-run free clinic in Washington D.C., located in the D.C. General Emergency Family Shelter.
Since 2008, Dr. Moore has also directed the Health Justice Scholar (HJS) Track at GUSOM. The first program of its kind at the Medical Center, the HJS track is a longitudinal four-year curriculum that gives the next generation of physicians the didactic and practical experience to work at the intersection of advocacy and policy toward the achievement of health equity.
Vicki W. Girard is Co-Director of the new Georgetown University Health Justice Alliance and a Professor of Legal Research and Writing at the Law Center. After graduating from the Law Center magna cum laude in 1987, Professor Girard worked at several firms in Washington D.C. and developed a specialty in representing cosmetic, pharmaceutical, and biotech companies in FDA-related proceedings and other regulatory and policy matters. From 1994 until joining the Law Center in 2003, Professor Girard was a member of the Food and Drug Law Practice Group at Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells). There she expanded her representation to include the blood and tissue industries, working extensively with groups such as the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the American Red Cross.
While at Georgetown, Professor Girard has continued to pursue her interest in issues related to health care and food and drug law. Her faculty position has afforded her the opportunity to teach and mentor law students, and to pursue her interest in health related topics and how they interface with the legal system. Over the past three years, the Law Center Dean, William M. Treanor, has supported Professor Girard’s study of Medical Legal Partnership (MLP) as a healthcare delivery model to reduce health disparities and her pursuit of collaborations across Georgetown’s campuses and with local legal and healthcare communities.
In addition to her role as Co-Director, Professor Girard is overseeing a grant from the George E. Richmond Foundation focused on oral health disparities in partnership with the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and the Law Center’s Harrison Institute for Public Law. She is especially interested in building the Health Justice Alliance’s capacity to serve children and families living in D.C., increase the inter-professional education opportunities related to health justice across all of Georgetown’s campuses, and contribute to the national movement to evaluate the impact of MLP and establish best practices.
Yael Cannon is Co-Director of the new Georgetown University Health Justice Alliance and a Visiting Associate Professor at Georgetown University Law Center. Professor Cannon is on leave from the University of New Mexico School of Law, where she is an Associate Professor and teaches in the Community Lawyering Clinic, one of the nation’s leading academic medical-legal partnerships, in which law students collaborate with medical students and faculty to represent low-income children and families who are patients of the UNM Hospital system in a variety of different poverty law matters. She also teaches doctrinal and experiential courses outside of the clinic, including Children’s Law.
Professor Cannon recently secured a $2.6 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to co-found the UNM Center for Child and Family Justice, a partnership with the UNM School of Medicine, College of Nursing and other health sciences departments to pursue justice, racial equity, health, and well-being for vulnerable children and families. In New Mexico, she co-chaired the state legislature’s J. Paul Taylor Early Childhood Taskforce aimed at developing a comprehensive screening and behavioral health system of care for young children aimed at reducing childhood maltreatment and improving outcomes. She previously taught at the American University Washington College of Law in the Disability Rights Law Clinic.
In practice, Professor Cannon worked as a Senior Attorney at the Children’s Law Center in Washington, D.C., where she provided legal services at a Children’s National Medical Center pediatric clinic in Anacostia. Cannon graduated with distinction from Stanford Law School and summa cum laude from the University of Maryland with B.A. degrees in History and African American Studies. Her research focuses on the intersections of health and justice and the ways in which the law can address social determinants of health to ensure better outcomes for children and families living in poverty.
Dr. Deborah Perry is Director of Research and Evaluation for the Health Justice Alliance and at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development. Deborah Perry is a well-published Professor in the Pediatrics Department of the Medical Center and has led community-based participatory research projects for more than 20 years. Her doctorate is in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she also served as the Director of the Women’s and Children’s Health Policy Center.
Lisa Kessler is the program manager for the Health Justice Alliance. Prior to joining CJP:HJA, Lisa was an associate in CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield’s leadership development program, where she rotated through various business units to understand opportunities and challenges and contributed on high level strategic projects. Lisa previously worked at Georgetown Law as the program coordinator in the Community Justice Project, where she refined and enhanced the clinic's work with nonprofit clients, and at LIFT-DC, where she trained and supervised college students working one-on-one with low-income community members to chart a path out of poverty. As an undergraduate, she interned at the Medical-Legal Partnership at Boston Medical Center, the founding site of the national medical-legal partnership network, where she assisted clients with housing issues negatively impacting their health.
Lisa received her Master’s in Business Administration from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. She received her undergraduate degree in Community Health and Spanish from Tufts University.