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 […]

From Open Streets to Cooking Classes

From Open Streets to Cooking Classes, New Jersey PATHS Speakers Highlight Innovative Healthy Solutions by Alexandra Maron, JD’15, Harvard Law School As a student in the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation at Harvard Law School, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend the New Jersey Diabetes Leadership Forum in Trenton, New […]

Syringes, Pens, and Pumps

Syringes, Pens, and Pumps: New Jersey Diabetes Educator Demonstrates the Challenges of Managing Insulin Dependence by Alexandra Maron, JD’15, Harvard Law School As an attendee at the New Jersey Diabetes Leadership Forum, I had the pleasure of witnessing a real, live insulin demonstration. Fran Grabowski, Lead Diabetes Educator for the Camden Citywide Diabetes Collaborative and […]

Ending Discrimination Against the Chronically Ill: An ACA Success Story

by Maggie Morgan and Jeremy Kreisberg, JD’14, Harvard Law School Imagine going into a restaurant and being told to leave because you have cancer. Or being denied access to a hotel because you have AIDS. Most Americans would be outraged, and understandably so. Though we are far from a discrimination-free society, we do have laws […]