The GHJP works on health justice not only globally but also locally, here in New Haven and Connecticut. Health inequity is a deeply rooted problem here, as it is across the United States, visible in everything from asthma rates, to violence risk, to healthcare access. Because health status tracks other forms of exclusion and privilege, we see work to improve health in marginalized communities as both a good in its own right, and as a means to build power that can have democratizing structural effects, with impacts that redound beyond health. We seek to leverage our influence and resources in support of community interests and local movements, and build and sustain mutually-beneficial collaborations across academic, activist, and community structures to advance rights and social change in greater New Haven and surrounding areas.
In Spring 2019, GHJP students Rita Gilles YLS ‘20 and Isabel Echarte ‘21 researched legal theories that could help establish accountability for landlords for excessive rates of asthma and other health conditions, in support of the Noble v. Northland class action suit headed by David Rosen and Associates; in October 2020, a state judge preliminarily approved an $18.75 million settlement in the case. Hundreds of former tenants of the Church Street South apartment complex could receive monetary damages for the respiratory problems, skin disorders, migraines, loss of furniture, dislocation and homelessness allegedly caused by the lack of repairs made by the former complex’s landlord, Northland Investment Corp.