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Essentials of Health Justice
A Primer

Author(s): Elizabeth Tobin-Tyler, JD, MA, Assistant Professor, Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
Joel B. Teitelbaum, JD, LLM, Department of Health Policy, Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University
  • ISBN-13: 9781284152074
  • Paperback    178 pages      © 2019
Price: $37.95 US List
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Essentials of Health Justice examines the social and structural determinants of health, systems of care for underserved populations, health equity, social justice and health policy.

Unlike other texts of its kind, Essentials of Health Justice uniquely focuses on the legal, structural, and justice issues underlying health disparities; the adequacy of current safety net programs and legal protections affecting the health of vulnerable populations; health policy, law and system design focused on achieving health equity; and concrete strategies for bringing about change to promote health justice.

Essentials of Health Justice can serve as a stand-alone text or supplement for a range of undergraduate, graduate, law, public health, medical, nursing and other health professions courses.

Part  I  Context and Background: Health-Harming Legal Doctrines, Historical Discrimination, and Implicit Bias
Chapter  1  Health-Harming Legal Doctrines
Chapter  2  The Effects of Discrimination and Implicit Bias on Health and Health Care
Part  II  Health Disparities and Their Structural Underpinnings
Chapter  3  Health Disparities
Chapter  4  Social and Structural Barriers to Health
Part  III  Striving for Health Justice
Chapter  5  Existing Safety Net Programs and Legal Protections
Chapter  6  Creating Holistic Systems to Care for Socially Complex Patients and Populations
Chapter  7  Advocacy for Health Justice: What You Can Do

Elizabeth Tobin-Tyler, JD, MA-Assistant Professor, Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

Elizabeth Tobin-Tyler, JD, MA,  is Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Alpert Medical School and of Health Services, Policy and Practice at the Brown University School of Public Health. She is Co-Director of the Health Systems Science courses at the Alpert Medical School. She teaches, writes and consults in the areas of health policy, health equity and public health law and ethics. Her research focuses on the role of law and policy in the social determinants of health, community-based and health system interventions that address health disparities, and interprofessional medical-legal education. Professor Tobin-Tyler is a national expert in the development of medical-legal partnerships, which integrate medicine, public health and legal services to identify, address and prevent health-harming social and legal needs of patients, clinics and populations. She is senior editor and a contributor to the first textbook on the topic, Poverty, Health and Law: Readings and Cases for Medical-Legal Partnership (Carolina Academic Press, 2011). In 2013, she was awarded the Distinguished Advocate award by the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership for her work in promoting the medical-legal partnership model and for developing interprofessional medical-legal education. In 2014, Professor Tobin-Tyler was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Public Health Law Education Faculty Fellow. She has served on a number of boards and advisory councils including the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership board, the National Advisory Council for the Accelerating Interprofessional Community-Based Education and Practice Initiative, and the National Advisory Council for the Learning Collaborative on Health Equity and Young Children.



Joel B. Teitelbaum, JD, LLM-Department of Health Policy, Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University

Joel Teitelbaum, JD, LLM, is an Associate Professor of Health Policy, Director of the Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program, and Co-Director of the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership, all at the George Washington University (GW) Milken Institute School of Public Health in Washington, D.C. He also carries a faculty appointment with the GW Law School, and for 11 years he served as Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Health Policy and Management. Professor Teitelbaum has taught graduate courses on health care law, health care civil rights, public health law, minority health policy, and long-term care law and policy, and an undergraduate survey course on health law. He was the first member of the School of Public Health faculty to receive the University-wide Bender Teaching Award, he has received the School’s Excellence in Teaching Award, and he is a member of the GW Academy of Distinguished Teachers. He has authored or co-authored dozens of articles, book chapters, policy papers, and reports on civil rights issues in health care, insurance law and policy, medical-legal partnership, health reform and its implementation, and behavioral health care quality, and he is co-author of Essentials of Health Policy and Law, Third Edition (2017), published by Jones & Bartlett Learning. Among other organizations, Professor Teitelbaum is a member of Delta Omega, the national honor society recognizing excellence in the field of public health; the ASPH/Pfizer Public Health Academy of Distinguished Teachers; and the Society for American Law Teachers.  In 2016, during President Obama’s second term, Professor Teitelbaum was named to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 (i.e., Healthy People 2030). He also serves as Special Advisor to the American Bar Association’s Commission on Veterans’ Legal Services and as a member of the Board of Advisors of PREPARE, a national advanced care planning organization.

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