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Mission and Equity Statements

Mission

Mission_Page_IMG_0809The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School (CHLPI) advocates for legal, regulatory, and policy reforms to improve the health of underserved populations, with a focus on the needs of low-income people living with chronic illnesses and disabilities. CHLPI works with consumers, advocates, community-based organizations, health and social services professionals, food providers and producers, government officials, and others to expand access to high-quality healthcare and nutritious, affordable food; to reduce health disparities; to develop community advocacy capacity; and to promote more equitable and effective healthcare and food systems. CHLPI is a clinical teaching program of Harvard Law School and mentors students to become skilled, innovative, and thoughtful practitioners as well as leaders in health, public health, and food law and policy.

Equity

The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation’s (CHLPI’s) mission is not achievable without recognizing the role that systems of power and oppression play in our society, institutions, and ourselves.  As CHLPI works broadly to promote health and food justice, we acknowledge that we continue to benefit from systems built on the exploitation of others. We recognize that our operations still exist within institutions and structures that uphold systems of power and oppression through racism, ableism, classism, homophobia, sexism, transphobia, white supremacy, xenophobia, and other forms of discrimination. To achieve CHLPI’s mission, we must learn to identify and interrupt these harmful systems. We know that we cannot do this alone and that we have a lot to learn from our community partners, colleagues of color and BIPOC-led organizations. CHLPI is committed to this journey of learning, acknowledging missteps, and growth. We will continue to add reflection, humility and intentionality into our operations, and seek accountability along the way. All laws and policies should allow everyone the opportunity to achieve optimal health and well-being, and so too should CHLPI.   

This is a living statement that is subject to change as our learning continues and our understanding of justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion evolves.