Wendy Parmet01.31.20 — Professor Wendy Parmet, faculty director of Northeastern Law's Center for Health Policy and Law, has been awarded a grant of approximately $500,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health. The grant will support a two year project by the Center for Health Policy and Law and the Northeastern Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Researchled by Professor of Health Sciences and Sociology Alisa Lincoln, to educate judges about the social determinants of health as a strategy to improve health and promote health equity. 

“Judges can play critical role in determining the social conditions that impact the health of individuals and communities,” said Parmet, a leading expert on health, disability and public health law. “We are excited about this opportunity to talk to judges about the social determinants of health, how they affect health, and the ways they arise in in trial and appellate courts across the nation.”

A prolific author, Professor Parmet has published articles on public health, bioethics, discrimination, health law and AIDS law. She is co-author of The Health of Newcomers: Immigration, Health Policy, and the Case for Global Solidarity (NYU Press, 2017) and Ethical Health Care (Prentice Hall, 2005); author of Populations, Public Health, and the Law (Georgetown University Press, 2009); and co-editor of Debates on U.S. Health Care (Sage Press, 2012). In addition, she is co-editor of the law school’s SSRN online publications, Human Rights and the Global Economy and the Northeastern University School of Law Public Law and Legal Theory Paper Series. In 2016, Professor Parmet was honored with the prestigious Jay Healey Health Law Teachers Award by the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics (ASLME) at its annual conference. In addition to serving on the law school faculty, Professor Parmet is also a Professor of Public Policy at Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs in recognition of her national leadership in interdisciplinary thinking and problem solving on issues related to health care.

About Northeastern University School of Law

The nation’s leader in experiential legal education, Northeastern University School of Law offers the longest-running, most extensive experience-based legal education program in the country and is a national leader in legal education reform. Founded with cooperative legal education as the cornerstone of its program, Northeastern guarantees its students unparalleled practical legal work experiences. All students participate in full-time legal placements, and can choose from the more than 1,500 employers worldwide participating in the school’s signature Cooperative Legal Education Program. The future of legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law blends theory and practice, providing students with a unique set of skills and experience to successfully practice law.

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