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Training Future Doctors To Assess Oral Health

Nearly a year ago when Amanda Corwin (M’20), an aspiring pediatric physician, was asked to lead an oral health disparities research project, she was a bit hesitant. “I’m in medical school, not dental school,” she thought. Today, not only has she taken on the role, but her findings were on display at the MedStar Health Research Symposium on April 30.

As a health justice scholar at the School of Medicine and the daughter of two lawyers, Corwin is also part of Georgetown’s Health Justice Alliance (HJA), a medical-legal partnership that trains future generations of lawyers and medical professionals to work together to improve the health and well-being of children and families. The research, which she did in conjunction with Maya Sandalow, a project researcher who works with the Georgetown Center for Child and Human Development, looked at the effectiveness of an oral health training program for first-year medical students interested in volunteering at HOYA Clinic.

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Georgetown’s Health Justice Alliance, O’Neill Institute Welcome World Bank President Jim Kim

When 2L student Brian Fiske (L’19) was growing up, he was aware that his grandfather, Tom White, was a generous man who wanted to give back to those less fortunate. He remembers reading a 2001 article in Time about White’s extraordinary philanthropy. And at his grandfather’s house in Massachusetts, Fiske got to know several Harvard-trained doctors White was helping. One of the doctors was Jim Yong Kim, now president of the World Bank.

A 2017 documentary, “Bending the Arc,” tells the amazing story of how, with White’s financial support, Kim, Dr. Paul Farmer and activist Ophelia Dahl founded the NGO Partners in Health in the 1980s — and ended up changing health care treatment models in poor countries around the world. 

“For my family, this is a very moving and important film,” Fiske said. “I thought it could have an impact on some of the law students.”

So Fiske arranged to bring the film to Georgetown Law on March 7 for a screening, hosted by Georgetown’s Health Justice Alliance and the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. Even better, Fiske also invited Kim, for a remarkable discussion. 

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Georgetown Health Justice Alliance honored as US Marines Campus Heroes on Fox5

Shining Spirit Breakfast Program CoverThe Health Justice Alliance and HOYA Clinic were honored on December 6, 2017 as the Medical Awardee at the annual Paul Robert Carey Foundation "Shining Spirit" Breakfast in New York. Accepting the award on behalf of Georgetown, Vicki Girard, spoke of Paul's legacy and of his family's choice to honor him by helping people battling cancer and other diseases to access vital quality of life needs and services, "

Like the Carey Foundation, the Health Justice Alliance believes that there is more to health than good health care: the motto of the Medical Center at Georgetown is “cura personalis” or care of the whole person. And consistent with the Carey Foundation’s vision, it recognizes that a lot of being healthy, especially for people living in poverty, has to do with social issues—housing conditions, food security, safety, education, and employment. Which is why the motto of the Law Center is also relevant: law is but the means, justice is the end."

Annual Colloquium Addresses Health Disparities in D.C. (Nov. 21, 2017)

Spring/Summer 2017 Georgetown Medicine Magazine -Read the full story: Building Health Equity in D.C.

Health Justice Alliance Signing

November 22, 2016 - While treating a patient recently, Eileen Moore, MD, associate dean for community education and advocacy at Georgetown University School of Medicine, found herself frustrated that the patient’s asthma continued to worsen, despite using an escalating treatment regimen including a beta agonist rescue inhaler, then an inhaled corticosteroid, then finally oral steroids and back to back nebulizer treatments.

“I was close to sending her to the ER when I asked her to tell me more about her apartment,” says Moore. “She told me that in place of glass in her window, there was cardboard – and it was freezing outside. The conditions were horrible.” 

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