Advocacy Strategies to Address Discrimination in Health Plans Part 2: New Discrimination and Barriers to Care for People Living with HIV/AIDS

This blog post was originally published on the Community Catalyst Health Policy Hub on November 24, 2014. Advocacy Strategies to Address Discrimination in Health Plans Part 2: New Discrimination and Barriers to Care for People Living with HIV/AIDS by Carmel Shachar and Malinda Ellwood While the ACA expanded access to private health insurance plans for […]

Deans’ Food System Challenge Successfully Kicked-off!

by Amanda Phillips (JD ’15) Last week a group of Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic and Food Law Seminar students crossed the river to join over 200 students and guests at the Harvard Business School for the launch of the Deans’ Food System Challenge. The Challenge, sponsored by Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow and T.H. Chan School of Public Health Dean Julio Frenk […]

On the Ground: Farm to School in Grundy County, Tennessee

by Kristen Gurley (JD ’15) and Amanda Phillips (JD ’15) Grundy County, Tennessee, has nearly 14,000 residents, 360 square miles of land, seven public schools . . . and only two grocery stores. On our recent trip to the county for the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, we asked how the former could possibly […]

A Fighting Chance: Why States Should Eliminate Nonmedical Childhood Vaccine Exemptions

By: Madeline Morcelle, 2013* Summer Intern, Health Law & Policy Clinic In the heat of a smallpox epidemic at the turn of the century, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts empowered its cities to enforce compulsory vaccination when necessary for the public safety.  When the epidemic surged in Cambridge, the city issued an order requiring residents to be […]

What About Rural? Food Policy Advocacy in Appalachia

by Austin Bryniarski*, Summer Intern, Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic I remember when I first learned about food deserts some years ago. I was at an urban farm in Milwaukee, minutes away from the city’s largest housing project, perplexed by the simultaneous cacophony of chickens and car alarms. To me, food access mainly concerned […]

Can a For-Profit Corporation Exercise Religion?

By: Katerina Souliopoulos, 2014 Summer Intern, Health Law & Policy Clinic This week, the Supreme Court ruled that closely held for-profit corporations, those corporations in which five or fewer individuals control the corporation, could exercise religion and bring successful claims under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA). Consequently, the Supreme Court held that closely […]

Mental Health Courts in Massachusetts: Would Stringent Probationary Terms Increase Program Compliance?

By: Marcus Alan McGhee, M.P.A., 2014 Summer Intern, Health Law and Policy Clinic Prison or Treatment? This is a question not posed to most citizens, but one becoming more prevalent to offenders as courts attempt to reduce the size of their dockets. Courts are now offering offenders the opportunity to participate in diversionary programs, which […]

“Isn’t Incarceration Better than Death?”

Katherine L. Record, JD, MPH, MA Shortly after criticizing Massachusetts for incarcerating innocent individuals with substance use disorder (SUD) when drug rehab facilities are full, I received an email from a woman who lost her son to a heroin overdose just four months ago. “Is preventing an overdose by detaining the SUD sufferer not a […]

A Drug Epidemic’s Silver Lining

by Katherine L. Record, JD, MPH, MA Can there be a silver lining to a drug epidemic that is so extreme it is deemed a public health emergency?  As prescription opioid (painkiller) addictions drive individuals to heroin, there just might be. Heroin use has surged recently – seizures of supply increased by nearly 70% over […]

Statistics Are Not the Whole Story

Statistics Are Not the Whole Story: Dr. Anthony Cannon’s Keynote at New Jersey PATHS Event Makes the Diabetes Epidemic Personal by Taylor Bates, JD’15, Harvard Law School The New Jersey Diabetes Leadership Forum keynote presenter was Dr. Anthony Cannon, who discussed the economic impact of type 2 diabetes in New Jersey. Dr. Cannon made clear […]