October 2013 
Volume 1, Number 1

Northeastern Expands LLM Program to Include Health Policy and Law

The School of Law's dynamic new LLM program expands this year to offer a specialization in health policy and law. Designed to meet the needs of lawyers who are working in health policy and law and hope to enhance their skills, or lawyers who wish to enter this rapidly growing field, the program is affiliated with Northeastern University's Program on Health Policy and Law. LLM students also have the opportunity to take advantage of the university's interdisciplinary expertise in health policy and law by enrolling in relevant courses in the D'Amore-McKim College of Business, the Bouvé College of Health Sciences and the College of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Advancing Public Health Through Law: The George Consortium

In July 2012, with the sponsorship of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Public Health Law Research Program, a group of legal academics came together at Northeastern University School of Law to develop a response to the deteriorating legal climate for public health law and explore the role that legal scholars can play in promoting the protection of public health through law. The consortium that emerged is known as the "George Consortium." Members of the George Consortium, including Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law Wendy Parmet, Scott Burris of Temple University, Renée Landers of Suffolk University and Lindsay Wiley of American University, will present the Consortium's mission and discuss the role that legal academics can play in securing a legal climate supportive of population health, during the American Public Health Association's annual meeting in November.
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PHAI Reports Major Energy Drink Makers Violate Self-Regulations

The Public Health Advocacy Institute (PHAI) at Northeastern University School of Law recently released a report, "Energy Drink Self-Regulation," chronicling the ways in which major energy drink makers openly violate the self-regulatory guidelines issued by their own trade association, the American Beverage Association (ABA). 
Lois Cornell '86 Elected President of AHLA    
Congratulations to Northeastern law graduate Lois Cornell, senior vice president of human resources and general counsel at Tufts Health Plan, who will serve as president of the American Health Lawyers Association during 2013-2014.

NU Study Addresses Controversy Over Hospital Tax Exemption

Whether tax-exempt hospitals provide sufficient levels of charity care and other community benefits to justify their exemptions is a long-standing and highly controversial topic. Professor of Strategic Management and Healthcare Systems Gary Young, along with his interdisciplinary team in Northeastern's Center for Health Policy and Healthcare Research, conducted the first national-level study of tax-exempt hospitals' provision of community benefits. The study, published in April 2013 in the New England Journal of Medicine, is based on newly available information from the IRS about the services and activities that tax-exempt hospitals undertake to benefit their communities for which they receive no reimbursement. The study reveals wide disparities in hospital expenditures for community benefits and also raises questions about how well hospitals are responding to health reform priorities for preventive care and population health. 

Welcome to the Program on Health Policy and Law's new e-newsletter!
Based in Northeastern University School of Law, the Program on 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, health care 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.
Northeastern University Health-Related Institutes and Programs
Northeastern University School of Law Health-Related Dual-Degree Programs
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Faculty in the News

We Can Fight This Feeling: The Loss of Cory Monteith and How We Can Prevent Future Overdose Fatalities 
In a Huffington Post piece, Professor Leo Beletsky writes, "Motheith's death is part of a nationwide epidemic that has quietly climbed the charts of America's top killers: drug overdoses now claim more lives than motor vehicle accidents." 

Artificial Organs in the New Gilded Age

"More and more, our society at large resembles nothing so much as the arrangement of classes defining the experience of contemporary air travel. Will you be able to afford an economy class liver? Perhaps a business class model," wonders Professor Michael Bennett in Slate. (more)

Ever-Tighter US Abortion Limits Probe Boundary of Roe v. Wade

"What will be interesting is whether by going this far, anti-abortion opponents in Arkansas have overplayed their hand," Professor Wendy Parmet tells Bloomberg. (more)

Daynard Advocates "Stubbing Out Cigarettes for Good"

In an op-ed in The New York Times, Professor Richard Daynard says we must push the smoking rate below 10 percent. "Banning smoking in restaurants, workplaces and bars was once seen as crazy, too. Sometimes, a little crazy goes a long way," writes Daynard. (more)

USAID v. AOSI: A Victory for Sex Workers and Feminist Allies

"The outcome moves the U.S. government closer towards accomplishing the goal of eradicating HIV by bringing its policies in line with its goals rather than undermining itself," writes Professor Aziza Ahmed in the Huffington Post. (more)

India's Patent Case Victory Rattles Big Pharma

"The US Government has been putting diplomatic and trade pressure on India for years with respect to its adoption of strict standards of patentability. ... you can be sure that India will be listed, with special emphasis both on the Novartis decision and the Natco compulsory license on Bayer's cancer drugs," Professor Brook Baker tells The Lancet. (more) 

Forget the Food: Fast Food Ads Aimed at Kids Feature Lots of Giveaways

"Kids cannot recognize the intent of advertising. When you add in popular cartoon characters, you are further blurring the line," Cara Wilking of the law school's Public Health Advocacy Institute tells TIME.  (more)
Recent Selected Publications by Our Faculty

Symposium: Free Speech and Reproductive Rights: Friend or Foe?  

April 25, 2014

Roundtable: As Health Care Reform Expands Access, Does the Health of the Public Improve?

January 22, 2014
John Auerbach, Distinguished Professor of Practice and Director of the Institute on Urban Health Research.
RSVP to Claudia Zickell.

Lecture : Public Health Practice 

January 15, 2014
Lois Cornell '86, President, American Health Lawyers Association; Senior Vice President of Human Resources and General Counsel, Tufts Health Plan
RSVP to Claudia Zickell.

Roundtable: Protest Through Reification of the System in Contemporary Health Policy Fiction   

December 6, 2013

David A. Rochefort, Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor

Roundtable: Charity for Health   

November 13, 2013

Patricia Illingworth, Professor of Philosophy
RSVP to Claudia Zickell.

Roundtable: Professional Dominance as a Barrier in Research Translation 

October 21, 2013

Laura Senier, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Health Sciences

Roundtable: Harnessing Interdisciplinary Perspectives to Inform Effective Health Policy and Law in HIV/AIDS Response  

September 25, 2013

Aziza Ahmed, Assistant Professor of Law
Brook Baker, Professor of Law
Richard Wamai, Assistant Professor of African American Studies

Roundtable: Movements for Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV: Critical Reflections  

September 12-13, 2013 (by invitation)

Sponsored by the Ford Foundation, the Harvard Law School Institute for Global Law and Policy, the Harvard Law School Program on Law and Social Thought, Northeastern Forum on Feminist Thought, Northeastern Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy and Northeastern Program on Health Law and Policy.
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