Health Law and Policy

The mission of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI) is to improve the health of vulnerable populations, including low-income people living with HIV and AIDS, by expanding access to high-quality healthcare, reducing health disparities, supporting community education and advocacy capacity, and promoting legal, regulatory, and policy reforms that contribute to a more equitable individual and public health environment.

CHLPI’s health law and policy work focuses on systems-level change to assure and improve access to care for low-income individuals and families, including people living with HIV/AIDS. At the federal and state levels, CHLPI monitors, analyzes, and provides comment on regulations and policies related to healthcare access and treatment, and often plays a key role in educating and informing other advocates, consumers, service providers, and policymakers about healthcare reform issues, including presenting on healthcare reform and other health law and policy issues at local, regional, and national conferences.

Another important focus of CHLPI’s health law and policy work is building and supporting coalition infrastructure and advocacy capacity among people living with HIV/AIDS and service providers. CHLPI staff attorneys and students do this through trainings and technical assistance, working with consumers and providers to explain the legislative and policy-making processes and how to participate in them effectively. Every effort is made to incorporate supporting the development of community education and advocacy capacity in every policy project.

CHLPI is also a clinical teaching program of Harvard Law School and mentors students interested in health law and policy to become skilled, innovative, and thoughtful practitioners as well as leaders in health, public health, and food law and policy.