Georgetown Doctors and Lawyers Discuss District’s New Medical-Legal Partnership

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WASHINGTON (Sept. 11, 2017) — How can a new medical-legal partnership make a difference in health disparities in the District and beyond? Directors of the new Georgetown University Health Justice Alliance (new window) explain the new partnership — which now offers services at the city’s largest homeless shelter and Anacostia High School’s health center — during a panel discussion, Wednesday, Sept. 13 at Georgetown.

The Health Justice Alliance was launched by Georgetown Law and the Georgetown University Medical Center to prepare future generations of lawyers, doctors, nurses and other health professionals to work together to help vulnerable individuals overcome health crises while addressing the legal crises that often underlie them. It is the first medical-legal partnership with law and medical student leaders at the forefront, and the first to include a robust research component from the onset. It aims to forge best practices in this burgeoning approach to tackling health disparities. 

Georgetown University Health Justice Alliance Panel and Reception

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017
3:00pm – Panel discussion
5:00pm – Reception

Panel: Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center
Salon AG
3800 Reservoir Road, NW
Directions and parking information (new window)

Reception: Rafik B. Hariri Building, 4th floor, Fisher Colloquium

John J. DeGioia, Georgetown University President (reception only); Dean William M. Treanor, Georgetown Law (introductory remarks); Dr. Edward B. Healton, MD, MPH (panel moderator), Georgetown University Medical Center’s Executive Vice President for Health Sciences and School of Medicine’s Executive Dean; Vicki W. Girard, JD (L’87, P’12, ’14), Health Justice Alliance co-director, Georgetown Law; Yael Cannon, JD, Health Justice Alliance co-director, Georgetown Law; Eileen S. Moore, MD, Health Justice Alliance medical director, Georgetown School of Medicine; Christopher J. King, PhD, Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies; Oswald Reid Jr. (M ’20), volunteer education director, HOYA Clinic, Georgetown School of Medicine.

Please RSVP to Karen Teber at or Tanya Weinberg at

Twitter: @GUMedCenter (new window), @GeorgetownLaw (new window)
Hashtag: #GUHealthJustice

About Georgetown Law (new window)
Georgetown University Law Center is a global leader in legal education and the preeminent U.S. law school based in the nation’s capital. A world-class faculty of celebrated theorists and leading legal practitioners offers students an unmatched breadth and depth of academic opportunities. Second to none in experiential education, the Law Center’s numerous clinics are deeply woven into the Washington, D.C., landscape. More than 20 centers and institutes forge cutting-edge research and policy resources across fields including health, the environment, human rights, technology, national security and international economics. Georgetown Law equips students to succeed in a rapidly evolving legal environment and to make a profound difference in the world, guided by the school’s motto, “Law is but the means, justice is the end.”

About Georgetown University Medical Center (new window)
Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) is an internationally recognized academic medical center with a three-part mission of research, teaching and patient care (through MedStar Health). GUMC’s mission is carried out with a strong emphasis on public service and a dedication to the Catholic, Jesuit principle of cura personalis — or “care of the whole person.” The Medical Center includes the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing & Health Studies, both nationally ranked; Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, designated as a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute; and the Biomedical Graduate Research Organization, which accounts for the majority of externally funded research at GUMC including a Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health.