The Yale Health Law and Policy Society (YHeLPS) is the student arm of the Solomon Center, serving as a central hub for health related programming at the Yale Law School. YHeLPS invites speakers, plans career info sessions and networking events, organizes experiential learning opportunities like the medical-legal partnerships, and coordinates with other health organizations throughout Yale University. The student directors of YHeLPS play an active role in shaping the organization’s mission and developing new programs.
The Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics is a biannual publication of the Yale Schools of Law, Medicine, Epidemiology and Public Health, and Nursing. The Journal strives to provide a forum for interdisciplinary discussion on topics in health policy, health law, and biomedical ethics. It targets a broad and diverse readership of academicians, professionals, and students in medicine, law, and public health, as well as policy makers and legislators in health care.
Submissions to the Journal are peer-reviewed by a wide array of nationally recognized experts and academics in a variety of health-related disciplines. YJHPLE also receives advice and guidance from our distinguished Advisory Board. More than 50 student members from Yale's graduate and professional schools edit the Journal and oversee its production.
Within the Information Society Project (ISP), the Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice (PSRJ) serves as a national center for academic research and development of new ideas to promote justice with respect to reproductive health issues. It provides a supportive environment for young scholars interested in academic or advocacy careers focusing on reproductive rights and justice issues, and promotes opportunities for communication between academic and advocacy communities.
Yale Law Students for Reproductive Justice
Yale Law Students for Reproductive Justice works on educating, organizing, and supporting law students who seek to protect and expand reproductive rights as basic civil and human rights.
A unique collaboration between the Yale School of Medicine and Yale Law School has produced a brand new Center that will work to stimulate community transformation by identifying the legal, policy, and practice levers that can improve the health of individuals and communities impacted by mass incarceration. Both schools will align their efforts through the SEICHE Center to bring together national experts on health and criminal justice systems to effect massive change to broken and entrenched systems.
The Law, Ethics & Animals Program (LEAP) at Yale Law School is dedicated to two overarching goals. First, they aim to inspire impactful learning and scholarship about the deep legal, scientific and moral questions that humanity’s treatment of other animals raise. Second, they aim to empower Yale scholars and students to produce positive legal and political change for animals, people, and the environment upon which they depend.
The Thurman Arnold Project brings together Yale faculty, students, and scholars from other institutions to collaborate on research related to competition and competition policy as well as antitrust enforcement. The goal of the project is to generate discipline-based, rigorous scholarship and disseminate it through multiple channels to impact competition enforcement and policy around the world.
FoodSoc is a nonpartisan community that promotes the study of and engagement with food and agriculture law and policy. The Society advocates an approach that is economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable.
The health-focused arm of the Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS) launched in 2013 and is comprised of over three dozen faculty from across the university. Their goal is to bring scholars from across Yale together to create an environment that can improve health, strengthen health care systems, and enhance the way health care is delivered.
In addition to helping produce evidence that can inform policy, they connect Yale scholars to the outside world, and help educate the next generation of health policy leaders. ISPS further holds monthly interdisciplinary seminars in health policy, drawing speakers from law, economics, medicine, and the policy world.
The Global Health Justice Partnership (GHJP), hosted by Yale Law School (YLS) and Yale School of Public Health (YSPH), was established in 2012 to promote interdisciplinary, innovative, and effective responses to global health disparities. It is a transformative collaboration that integrates different fields in order to make critical policy interventions. Building on Yale's institutional assets, the GHJP trains students in law, public health, global affairs, and other fields to undertake collaborative, real-world research and advocacy to promote health justice. It also organizes path-breaking conferences and events, builds partnerships with local NGOs around the world to move research into action, and nurtures a truly interdisciplinary brain trust dedicated to effecting social change.
The US Health Justice Collaborative (USHJC) is a student interest group that brings together medical, nursing, physicians assistant, public health, business, and law students and faculty across Yale engaged in domestic health equity work. Through educational events, monthly socials, and student mobilization, the group aims to strengthen the sense of community among members of the university and city who are passionate about issues of health justice and bolster infrastructure at Yale to further health justice initiatives.
Founded at YLS in 2001, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines is an international organization of students from law, medicine, and other disciplines who strive to improve access to medicines in resource-limited countries. The Yale chapter of the organization works with faculty, university officials, media, and policymakers on issues of research, intellectual property, and access to medicines.
The Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics’ teaching and research program is broader than most bioethics programs’, and includes not only biomedical ethics but also environmental ethics, animal ethics, the ethics of scientific research, business and professional ethics, and ethics issues relating to new technologies. The Center has continuing interests in questions of health policy, cost containment and justice. The Director of the Center is Stephen Latham, who also serves as a Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. The Center has a research alliance with the Hastings Center, a non-partisan independent bioethics research institute, and frequently hosts Yale-Hastings Center scholars from around the world. The Center’s term-time study groups and lecture series cover a broad range of topics and regularly bring world-class speakers to the Yale and New Haven communities. Staff members have served on a number of public commissions, including Connecticut’s Stem Cell Research Advisory Board, and state planning committees on Tissue Banking and on Public Health Preparedness. Center staff are also involved with the work of Yale-New Haven Hospital’s ethics committees and Yale University’s IRBs. The Center’s two-month summer bioethics program is an unrivalled opportunity for college and graduate students to gain exposure to a broad range of bioethics issues; this year’s program drew students from England, France, Germany, Poland, Georgia, Nepal, Italy, Korea, Israel, Canada and Spain, as well as from 17 American colleges and universities.
The Program for Biomedical Ethics at Yale School of Medicine provides multidisciplinary leadership regarding the ethical and social aspects of health care and medical research. The affiliated faculty and staff is drawn from the Yale School of Medicine as well as members of the Schools of Law, Nursing, Divinity, Epidemiology and Public Health and Yale-New Haven Hospital staff, colleagues from the Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, The Hastings Center and others. Many of those on our affiliated faculty and staff are known nationally and internationally in the field of bioethics. The interdisciplinary team draws upon philosophy, law and social and behavioral sciences to provide expert biomedical ethics consultations for families, researchers, physicians and other health care providers. Additionally, the Program for Biomedical Ethics develops and presents various ethics-related educational programs throughout the academic year for medical, nursing and physician assistant students, the community, Yale faculty as well as local, regional and national health care professionals. Mark Mercurio, MD, MA, is the Director of the Program for Biomedical Ethics. The Associate Directors of the Program for Biomedical Ethics are Lydia Dudgale, MD and John Schley Hughes, MD. Additionally the program holds an evening ethics seminar series throughout the year.
Yale Cancer Center combines a tradition of innovative cancer treatment and quality care for our patients. A National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated comprehensive cancer center for over 40 years, Yale Cancer Center is one of only 45 Centers in the nation. Comprehensive cancer centers play a vital role in the advancement of the NCI’s goal of reducing morbidity and mortality from cancer through scientific research, cancer prevention, and innovative cancer treatment.
The mission of the COPPER Center at Yale is to improve cancer care and to decrease the burden of cancer on individual patients as well as society. Led by Cary P. Gross, MD, the Center is comprised of researchers and clinicians from across the Yale Schools of Medicine (General Medicine, Geriatrics, Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Dermatology, and Pediatrics), Public Health, and Nursing. We also provide training and mentorship to the next generation of cancer policy and outcomes researchers.
The combination of Yale’s rigorous, first-rate MBA curriculum and in-depth study of healthcare leadership provide a foundation to lead in healthcare, to launch something new, or to create value for stakeholders. The Program provides a fundamental understanding of markets and organizations combined with deep insight into healthcare’s challenges. Alongside the integrated core curriculum, students will increase their grasp of big ideas and trends in healthcare by participating in the Colloquium on Healthcare Leadership, a series of candid talks with leaders of hospitals, CEOs of medical device and drug companies, policymakers, and other people shaping the field. Students will also take a slate of advanced business and management courses, and a series of deep explorations of topics in healthcare. These courses are taught by experts from the School of Management and other parts of the university, including the School of Medicine and the School of Public Health. A capstone course structured around major challenges in healthcare will deepen students’ learning and link back to the essential business skills taught in the core.
The Consortium for the Advanced Study of Brain Injury (CASBI) at Weill Cornell Medical College and the Rockefeller University seeks to understand mechanisms of recovery following severe brain injuries and to develop novel therapeutic interventions and strategies. Through translational research and public policy engagement, CASBI works to affirm the rights of individuals with brain injury and overcome the scientific and societal barriers that can limit their maximal integration into our society.
Developing new approaches to treatment and addressing their societal consequences requires a research program that is highly multidisciplinary, running the gamut from mathematics and biophysics to experimental neurophysiology, clinical neurology, public policy and medical ethics. CASBI and its partnerships enable a specialized group of basic and clinical neuroscientists to develop novel strategies for the assessment and treatment of neurologic disease and a team of ethicists and social scientists to ensure the broad impact of this work through advances in public policy.
Dr. Joseph J. Fins, the co-director of CASBI, is a scholar in residence at the Center and collaborates with students and faculty to explore the impact that law and health policies have on individuals with brain injury.
NASI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in Washington, DC. Founded in 1986, the Academy is comprised of the nation's leading experts on social insurance. The Academy's mission is to advance solutions to challenges facing the nation by increasing public understanding of how social insurance contributes to economic security. Social insurance encompasses broad-based systems that help workers and their families pool risks to avoid loss of income due to retirement, death, disability, or unemployment, and to ensure access to health care.