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Early Data From MedStar Health Suggests Addressing Social Risk Factors Through Screening, Support Services, and Digital Tools Can Support Improved Maternal Health
Research by Georgetown Law in partnership with MedStar Health Research Institute finds that legal support to patients with unmet legal needs can be a powerful tool to help address maternal health disparities, particularly among birthing individuals who are a part of historically marginalized or underserved communities and are at a higher risk of poor health outcomes.
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The Doctor (and the Lawyer) Will See You Now
Georgetown University Health Justice Alliance’s Perinatal LAW Project presented on its first two years of operation at the during a poster presentation at the 2023 annual meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
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Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Prevention — Part of Washington’s Fabric
Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center’s newly dedicated Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Prevention brings renewed hope that those who have been historically underserved in the Washington, DC, area will now have access to more cancer-related services, potentially turning the tide on the high rate of cancer in the city. A significant grant from the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation includes support for an HJA lawyer.
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Talk Justice Podcast: The Value of Medical-Legal Partnerships
Leaders from Georgetown University’s Health Justice Alliance discuss how the medical-legal partnership (MLP) benefits both law and medical students on the latest episode of the Legal Services Corporation’s podcast, Talk Justice.
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HOYA Summer Medical Academy Inspires School of Health First Year Student
Incoming Georgetown student cites lecture by the Cancer LAW Project’s Allison Dowling as inspiration to enroll in the School of Health. “Her talk showed another side of health equity for me, as well as a career in law that is also at the intersection of health, medicine and policy.”
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Perinatal LAW Project Director and Medical Champion featured in D.C. Safe Babies Safe Moms Video
Roxana Richardson, MLP Director of HJA’s Perinatal LAW Project (P-LAW), and Dr. Loral Patchen, Medical Champion for P-LAW, discuss the D.C. Safe Babies Safe Moms initiative and the role of a medical-legal partnership in improving maternal and infant health outcomes in the District of Columbia.
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Law Schools Continue to Answer the Attorney General’s Call to Action for Stronger Access to Justice and Court Reform on Eviction Prevention
HJA’s efforts to respond to the eviction crisis, as part of an effort by law schools nationally to prevent evictions and its harmful consequences are highlighted at the White House and Department of Justice Convening of Law Schools.
Children’s health equity through community care
HJA’s collaboration with the Georgetown Center for Child and Human Development and MedStar Georgetown Division of Community Pediatrics to provide holistic care to children and their families is highlighted in this Georgetown University Health Magazine article.
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School of Nursing & Health Studies Undergraduates Enjoy Capitol Applied Learning Labs Experience
School of Health undergraduates participating in HJA @ The CALL share their experiences and learnings.
Georgetown Leaders and the Health Justice Alliance Issue a Call to Action in The New England Journal of Medicine
Georgetown University’s president and law and medical center deans join HJA’s co-founder and faculty director Vicki Girard in issuing a call-to-action in The New England Journal Of Medicine to other universities and institutions responsible for training the next generation of health and legal professionals.
Georgetown Faculty, Students Testify in Support of Resolution to Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis in DC
Vicki Girard, Faculty Director of the Health Justice Alliance, testified in support of a proposed resolution declaring racism a public health crisis at a recent DC Council Committee on Health public roundtable.
Stronger Together: Georgetown’s Health Justice Alliance Clinic Unites Law and Medical Students in Learning and Service
Read a featured story in Georgetown Law’s magazine about how Georgetown’s Health Justice Alliance Clinic unites law and medical school students in learning and service.
Health Justice Alliance Responds to COVID-19
While COVID-19 exacts its devastating toll across the world, in Washington, DC, the pandemic has deepened the gulf of health disparities and social injustice.
For the students and leaders of Georgetown’s Health Justice Alliance, a collaboration between Georgetown Law and the university’s medical center, the havoc created by the crisis makes their work — using law as a tool to improve individual and community health and well-being — all the more important and impactful.
Health Justice Alliance: Supporting D.C.’s Vulnerable Populations through Health and the Law
Law students like Rachel North (L’20) gain valuable experience at the Health Justice Alliance Law Clinic, working alongside medical students and professionals to make a difference in the lives of children living in poverty by addressing issues related to housing conditions, food insecurity, and unmet educational needs.
HJA, MedStar Team Honored for Work on Health Equity with AAMC
Vicki Girard, JD, co-director of the Health Justice Alliance, and a team of investigators from the MedStar Health Research Institute, received an award for their collaborative work on a qualitative and quantitative study which explored the effectiveness of medical-legal partnerships in addressing issues of health equity and community health. The study was completed on behalf of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and was presented during the 2019 MedStar Health-Georgetown University Research Symposium.
HJA Comments On Study Showing National Declines In Health Equity
Responding to a recent study published in JAMA Network Open, which found that the health of lower-income Americans has declined over the last 25 years, Health Justice Alliance co-director Vicki Girard, JD, and medical director Eileen Moore, MD, spoke with NPR about the importance of policies that address the social determinants of health, or the settings and circumstances that contribute to an individual’s health outcomes.
Passion For Health Equity Inspires Undergraduate HJA Collaboration
Since she arrived at Georgetown as an undergraduate student in the School of Nursing & Health Studies, Carolyn Hofley (NHS’19, M’23) was passionate about serving others. She combined this passion with an interest in medicine to help launch GU Students for Health and Medical Equity (GUSHME), which partnered with the Health Justice Alliance to create nearly 200 hygiene kits for students at the School-Based Health Center at Anacostia High School.
Seeking Social Justice for Patients, Medical Students Turn to the Law
Leveraging their training, a Georgetown University medical and law student teamed up to help a mother obtain the appropriate learning accommodations for a child with special education needs — a task that while crucial, can be relentlessly tedious for any family — much less one that might already be struggling to make ends meet.
HJA featured in new resource highlighting the role medical-legal partnerships play in school-based health
The Health Justice Alliance’s collaboration with MedStar Georgetown’s School Health Center at Anacostia High School is featured in a new fact sheet created by the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership on embedding legal services in school-based health centers.
Medical-Legal Partnership Makes Health Inroads for D.C. Children
The Health Justice Alliance’s partnership with MedStar Georgetown Community Pediatrics is featured in MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s 2018 Report to the Community.
Building a Systems Approach to Community Health and Health Equity
The Health Justice Alliance is part of a MedStar Georgetown team working with the American Association of Medical Colleges to examine how medical-legal partnerships can help reduce health disparities. Our team joined nine other academic health center teams to present recent activities, successes, and challenges around this project.
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.
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.
Georgetown Health Justice Alliance honored at the annual Paul Robert Carey Foundation “Shining Spirit” Breakfast
The 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.”
Georgetown Health Justice Alliance honored as US Marines Campus Heroes on Fox5
The Health Justice Alliance was honored as a “Campus Hero” by Fox 5 morning news for its work in bringing law and medical students together to address the legal barriers to good health facing people living in poverty in Washington, D.C.
Annual Colloquim Addresses Health Disparities in D.C.
HJA co-Director Vicki Girard and Dr. Ana Caskin, deputy medical director of the HJA and medical director of the Student Health Center at Anacostia Senior High School, spoke at At “Strategies for Reducing Health Disparities,” a colloquium held as part of the 10th annual GUMC Fall Convocation about the medical-legal partnership model as a way to prevent legal crises that could have health effects and contribute to health disparities.
Cura Communitas: Building Health Equity in D.C.
The Health Justice Alliance’s partnership with the HOYA Clinic was featured in Georgetown Medicine Magazine.
Law Class Of 2017 Contributed $81M Worth Of Pro Bono Legal Services
The National Jurist included the Health Justice Alliance as an example of innovative pro bono work being done by law students.