MAY 2022
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, healthcare delivery law and the regulation of our healthcare 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.
Wendy E. Parmet
Co-Faculty Director
Jennifer Lea Huer
Managing Director
Jonathan Kahn
Co-Faculty Director
Salus Populi Initiative Receives an Additional Two Years of Funding
The Center for Health Policy and Law, in collaboration with the Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research, has received two additional two years of funding (2022-2024) to support and expand upon Salus Populi, the nation’s first education program for judges that provides critical information about the social determinants of health. Salus Populi was launched in 2020 with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). This grant period, the RWJF is renewing its funding with a $549,325 grant and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) is providing $599,213. 
RWJF's renewed support will allow the team to expand the program’s reach by increasing the number of sessions the project can host each year. It will also allow the team to establish an online learning community designed to continue engagement with program attendees, facilitate ongoing discussion and sharing among team members and attendees, and provide occasional content and resource updates to ensure the program has a continued impact. 

WKKF's contribution will expand Salus Populi's educational impact by supporting the development and implementation of a program for members of the bar, as well as further increasing the number of judicial sessions the project can host over the grant period.
Both grants support development of an evaluation model used to evaluate the impact of the judicial and legal programs, and share lessons learned with others who may be interested in developing similar programs. 
The Center for Health Policy and Law Welcomes Sammi Weeks
The Center for Health Policy and Law is excited to welcome Sammi Weeks to the team as project coordinator of the Salus Populi initiative.

Prior to joining the Center, Sammi advocated and provided legal services for survivors of sexual violence as a trained Rape Crisis Counselor. Sammi also has extensive experience in nonprofit fundraising development and events. Sammi is a very soon-to-be graduate of Suffolk University Law School. She holds a BA in politics and government and international studies from Ohio Wesleyan University. 
Northeastern Law Faculty and Staff to Present at the 45th Annual Health Law Professors Conference
Northeastern Law and the Center for Health Policy and Law are excited to head to Phoenix, Arizona for the 45th Annual Health Law Professors Conference hosted by Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, the American Society for Law, Medicine & Ethics (ASLME) and The Network for Public Health Law.
2022 Conferences and Events
Our annual health law conference, Climate Change: The Challenges for Health, Equity and the Law, took place in April and featured two days of presentations and sessions covering a rang of topics impacted by climate change, including:
  • tribal health
  • sexual and reproductive health
  • climate-change migration
  • safety, health, and environmental justice
  • climate preemption and public health
  • healthcare systems
  • jurisdictional issues
  • climate change litigation
  • human rights
  • public health
  • resiliency

Keynote Speaker
Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, and Community Initiatives, and Associate Professors of Humanities, Health, and Society,
Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Plenary Panel
Jonathan Kahn, Professor of Law and Biology; Faculty Director, Center for Health Policy and Law, Northeastern University
Kristie Ebi, Professor of Global Health and Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington
Sonal Jessel, Director of Policy, WE ACT for Environmental Justice
Stephen Latham, Senior Research Scientist and Director, Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics

Visit for more information and to view the full speaker roster.

February 7
Using the Law to Advance Reform in the “Rehab Industrial Complex”
Professor of Law and Health Sciences, Northeastern University
Director, Health in Justice Action Lab
Health Justice Legal Fellow, Health in Justice Action Lab

February 16
Diversity Pandemic’s Distractions
Professor of Law and Biology, Northeastern University

March 10
Searching for the Family Doctor: Primary Care on the Brink
Professor of Management, Healthcare Systems, and Health Policy, D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University
Visiting Associate Fellow, Oxford University

April 5
Regulating Gender Discrimination From Artificial Intelligence Tools in the U.S. And Danish Healthcare Systems
Visiting Scholar, Center for Health Policy and Law, Northeastern University School of Law

April 28
Data Bias in Health Research: Towards a Comprehensive Human Rights Framework
Associate Professor in Law, University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law

Faculty and Staff Updates
Professor Richard Daynard was honored with the Northeastern University Pioneer Award at Networked for Life 2022 in recognition of his more than 50 year-career as a legendary public health law advocate.
Jeremiah Goulka, senior fellow and director of justice policy with the Health in Justice Action Lab presented his paper, Climate Collisions: Mapping the Intersections between Safety, Health and Environmental Justice in the Age of Climate Change, at the Center for Health Policy and Law‘s 2022 annual conference.
Professors Claudia Haupt and Wendy E. Parmet recently presented their latest collaboration, “Lethal Lies: Government Speech, Distorted Science and the First Amendment,” at the Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference hosted by Yale Law School‘s Information Society Project.
Selected Faculty Publications
Professor of Law and Health Sciences

Associate Professor of Law and Political Science

Jonathan Kahn
Professor of Law and Biology

Wendy E. Parmet
Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law and Public Policy and Urban Affairs

Michael Sinha
Lecturer in Law

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