Salus Populi Judicial Education Program Expands with Additional Funding


05.24.22 — The Center for Health Policy and Law (CHPL), in collaboration with the Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research, has received two additional two years of funding (2022-2024) to support and expand upon Salus Populi, the nation’s first education program for judges that provides critical information about the social determinants of health. Salus Populi was launched in 2020 with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). This grant period, the RWJF is renewing its funding with a $549,325 grant and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) is providing $599,213.

“We are thrilled to receive this additional support. The feedback from the judges in the program has been extremely positive and we look forward to providing programming that will advance justice and directly impact those who come into contact with our court system,” said Professor Wendy Parmet, faculty director of CHPL.

The RWJF’s renewed support will allow the team to expand the program’s reach by increasing the number of sessions the project can host each year. It will also allow the team to establish an online learning community designed to continue engagement with program attendees, facilitate ongoing discussion and sharing among team members and attendees, and provide occasional content and resource updates to ensure the program has a continued impact.

The WKKF’s contribution will expand Salus Populi’s educational impact by supporting the development and implementation of a program for members of the bar, as well as further increasing the number of judicial sessions the project can host over the grant period.

Both grants support development of an evaluation model used to evaluate the impact of the judicial and legal programs, and share lessons learned with others who may be interested in developing similar programs.

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