This clinic will focus on access to quality health care for vulnerable populations. Studies show that it is indeed deadly to be poor in America. Studies also show that it can be equally deadly to be a person of color. Poor people, in general, and poor people of color in particular, have much higher mortality rates than the overall population. There are a host of explanations for this problem, and this clinic focuses on the variety of tools- civil rights and otherwise- that an advocate can use to enhance access to health care for vulnerable populations. These tools include litigation, legislative advocacy, community organizing and other grassroots approaches, and administrative advocacy. During the classroom component, students will have an opportunity to study and reflect upon the broader legal and policy issues surrounding access to health care for vulnerable populations. The clinical component will involve partnering with non-profit or other entities whose primary mission is to enhance access to health care for vulnerable populations. Partners include the National Health Law Program. Students may work on pending litigation, or may work on a campaign to secure passage of a bill, or an effort to convince a state or federal agency to adopt a new policy designed to enhance access to health care for vulnerable populations. Students will learn first hand, by working on litigation and non-litigation projects, that an effective civil rights advocate in the health care context must have many arrows in his or her quiver. This course is designed for students who are interested in the intersection of law, health care, and civil rights. Most, if not all of the clinical placements will be in the Washington DC metropolitan area. Some classes may be conducted in the Washington area. Students taking this course receive credit toward certification in the Law and Health Care Program. This clinic satisfies the Cardin Requirement.
Students who enroll in this course are required to attend a one day (9:00 am to 5:00 pm) Law Practice Orientation Program the Friday before the first day of the semester in which the course begins.
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