April 2017
Volume 5, Number 1

Conference: Between Complacency and Panic
April 14, 2017 
There is still time to register for Between Complacency and Panic: Legal, Ethical and Policy Responses to Emerging Infectious Diseases on April 14. The center's annual conference, co-sponsored by the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics (ASLME) this year, will bring together policy-makers, practitioners, students and academics to explore the dangers of emerging infectious diseases, such as Ebola and Zika, and to discuss the development of effective, evidence-based, legally sound and ethically appropriate policy responses. 

The keynote will be given by Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief of the Laboratory of Immunoregulation at the National Institutes of Health. Laurie Garrett, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of The Coming Plague, will join us as our luncheon speaker. Garrett is currently a senior fellow at the Council for Foreign Relations. 
Illingworth and Parmet Co-author Book on Immigration, Health and the Need for Solidarity
In their new book, Health of Newcomers: Immigration, Health Policy, and the Case for Global Solidarity (NYU Press 2017), Patricia Illingworth and Wendy Parmet explore the intersections between health care and immigration and make the case for health as a public good, particularly as it relates to coverage of and access for immigrants.

At a book launch in March, Illingworth and Parmet were joined by Liza Ryan, organizing director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), for a discussion on how many of these issues are being played out in community-based advocacy organizations in Boston. 

In October, the Boston Public Library will host an author talk featuring Illingworth and Parmet. Check our website for more information as it becomes available!
Madison on Workplace Wellness Programs in Health Affairs
Professor Kristin Madison wrote about "The  Risks of Using Workplace Wellness Programs to Foster a Culture of Health" in the November issue of Health Affairs , for a theme  issue on the  "Culture of Health."  In her analysis, Madison posits that while employer wellness programs have benefits, they also have the potential to "invade employees' privacy, foster stigma, and facilitate employment discrimination." 
About the Center for Health Policy and Law
Based in Northeastern University School of Law, the Center for Health Policy and Law draws from participating departments across Northeastern University to provide a rich context for students and researchers interested in public health law, health and human rights, health governance, intellectual property, bioethics, health care delivery law, and the regulation of our health care system. It is guided by faculty and staff with diverse areas of expertise and is affiliated with an array of university-wide institutes, programs and experiential learning opportunities. 

The Center for Health Policy and Law is now an affiliate of the International Academy of Medical Ethics and Public Health (IAMEPH).
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Related to the publication of her research and article, Madison presented at the Health Affairs Culture of Health Briefing on November 10, 2016, in Washington, DC. 

In a recent interview with  news@Northeastern, Madison dives further into the topic by focusing on employers' rights to collect genetic information as it relates to employer wellness programs.
Student Profile: Juliana Shulman-Laniel '17
Before coming to Northeastern, Juliana Shulman-Laniel '17 worked with various organizations focused on community organizing around issues such as tobacco policy, healthier food systems and access to clean public water. Shulman-Laniel, who earned a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health between her 1L and 2L years at Northeastern, recently served as co-author of a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine

After she graduates in May, Shulman-Laniel will head to Washington, DC, for a one-year fellowship with the Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program at Georgetown Law. Her placement as a staff attorney in the reproductive health unit at the National Partnership for Women & Families will be mostly policy-focused, with opportunities for legal writing and advocacy. Shulman-Laniel credits Professor Wendy Parmet as the main source of encouragement and support for her paper on informed consent-based abortion and the First Amendment, which is set to be published this May in the DePaul Journal of Women, Gender and the Law.

Shulman-Laniel's co-op employers included the law school's Public Health Advocacy Institute and UNAIDS in Geneva (photo, above right).
Faculty in the News
How Casinos Enable Gambling Addicts
The Atlantic quotes Professor Richard Daynard: "The business plan for casinos is not based on the occasional gambler. The business plan for casinos is based on the addicted gambler." (more)
The $4,500 Injection to Stop Heroin Overdoses
Professor Leo Beletsky tells The Washington Post, "There's absolutely nothing that warrants them charging what they're charging." (more)
Hepatitis C Drugs Re-Energize Global Fight Over Patents
"If these medicines were made widely available, you could make a plan to eliminate this disease," Professor Brook Baker comments in Nature. (more)
Trump Has Set the US Up to Botch a Global Health Crisis
"Should a pandemic or any other public health crisis occur, we would want a team of experienced professionals in place that already knows the lay of the land, and has the administration's trust," Professor Wendy tells Vox. "The sooner that team forms, the better." (more)
Coca-Cola, American Beverage Association are Targets of Lawsuit Charging Deceptive Sugary Drink Marketing
In its press release, the Center for Science in the Public Interest highlights how it partnered with the Public Health Advocacy Institute (PHAI) at Northeastern University School of Law to file a lawsuit against Coca-Cola and the America Beverage Association for "misleading consumers about the health risks posed by sugar drinks, and claiming that there is no science linking sugar-sweetened beverages to obesity and related diseases." (more)
Publications, Speaking Events and Grants
Selected highlights from our core and affiliated faculty. Please visit our website for a full listing.
Aziza Ahmed , Professor of Law

Brook Baker, Professor of Law

Leo Beletsky, Associate Professor of Law and Health Sciences

Kristin Madison, Professor of Law and Health Sciences

Wendy Parmet, Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law, Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Education and Research

Richard Wamai, Associate Professor of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies

  • Recipient of World Health Organization (WHO) grant to support an operations research project focused on epidemiology of HIV and visceral leishmaniasis co-infection in a rural and remote population in northern Kenya
Events
Networking at the Intersection of Law and Health Care
March 29, 2016 
Panelists include lawyers from: Partners HealthCare, Ropes & Gray, Boston Public Health Commission, AGO Health Care Division, DLA Piper and Tufts Health Plan
Co-sponsored by the Health Law Society
Roundtable: Pushing the Safety Culture Agenda in the Construction Industry: A Systematic Approach of Another Way to Blame the Worker? 
April 6, 2017
Jack Dennerlein, Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Science, Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University
Co-sponsored by the Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice (IUHRP)
RSVP to
  Jennifer Huer
Massachusetts Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) and the Opioid Epidemic: Stakeholder Perspectives
April 12, 2017
Professor Leo Beletsky and students from Northeastern, in fulfillment of their capstone projects, will host a community presentation and interactive discussion illuminating findings from interviews conducted with prescribers, pharmacists, law enforcement and community representatives in Massachusetts as they relate to the opioid epidemic.
Department of Health Sciences Speaker Series: Retail Rhetoric, Corporate Care and the Lowered Expectations of Today's Health Care
April 13, 2017
Timothy Hoff, Professor of Management, Healthcare Systems, and Health Policy, D'Amore-McKim School of Business and School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University 
Conference: Between Complacency and Panic: Legal, Ethical and Policy Responses to Emerging Infectious Diseases
April 14, 2017
Annual Health Lecture
October, 2017
Featuring Stephen Rosenfeld, Interim Executive Director of Health Care for All and Founder of Health Law Advocates
Roundtable: Policy Related to Investments in the Supply and Demand for Health Professional Workforce, Particularly Pharmacy and Pharmacy Education 
November 29, 2017
David Zgarrick, Acting Dean and Professor, Department of Pharmacy and Health System Sciences, Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University 
RSVP to  Jennifer Huer
Health Law-Related Concentrations and Certificate Programs
Health Law-Related Dual-Degree Programs