Health Justice Advocacy

Students work to address and identify challenging public health and social problems and develop creative strategies to improve the health of low-income individuals and communities. 

 

Economic, cultural, environmental, and social conditions threaten the health of nearly 40 million individuals living in poverty nationwide. The health care industry, even at its optimal level of functioning, cannot improve the health of the population without addressing the underlying causes of poor health. 

In the clinic, students have the opportunity to:

  • Develop fundamental advocacy skills through non-litigation strategies, with a particular emphasis on problem-solving and addressing barriers to health for low-income populations and communities of color.
  • Connect legal theory to practice and identify and respond to the legal doctrine, social structures, legal systems, and regulatory schemes that contribute to poor health.
  • Educate, represent, or collaborate with community groups, tenant associations, nonprofit organizations, members of Congress, or governmental agencies to remedy systemic issues that affect health outcomes. 
  • Develop expertise in numerous advocacy strategies, including interviewing stakeholders, performing legal and social science analysis, creating policy brief, drafting model legislation, developing written and oral advocacy skills, establishing professional ethics, and presenting to multiple diverse audiences. 
  • Gain a high-level understanding of the social, justice, and health care systems in which their projects originate. 
  • Reflect on their professional development and commit to a personal philosophy of lawyering.