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.
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 at MedStar Georgetown health clinics often working alongside Georgetown medical students.
Through joint academic and experiential opportunities across the Law and Medical Centers, the Health Justice Alliance trains and mobilizes the next generation of attorneys, doctors, nurses and other health professionals to collaborate to advance social and health justice. In August 2017, the Health Justice Alliance launched its Law Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center. The Law Clinic helps D.C. families and children address legal barriers to health and well-being. It also provides medical students on the School of Medicine’s longstanding Health Justice Scholars Track the opportunity to complete a 4-week Social Justice and Advocacy Elective rotation in the Law Clinic.
Policy & Advocacy
Learning from their direct service work, 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 places a high value on integrating rigorous evaluation and applied research into all aspects of our work. Driven by a well-articulated theory of change, we collect data on the impact of our inter-professional education, policy advocacy and the legal services provided to our clients. We are committed to identifying the key ingredients for effective practices in an academic medical-legal partnership and disseminating these lessons learned in the peer-reviewed literature.
To learn more about the medical-legal partnership model, visit the website of the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership.