2022 Summer Program
POPULATION HEALTH & JUDICIAL DECISION-MAKING

Thursday, June 9, 2022 | 5:30 PM ET

Northeastern University | Boston, Massachusetts 

Participants joined us for a welcome reception and informal networking event with program attendees and staff. 

Friday, June 10, 2022 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM ET

Northeastern University | Boston, Massachusetts 

Unit One: Introduction to the Social Determinants of Health and Population Health Frameworks

Learning Objectives

  • Introduce judges to how social factors, the social determinants of health (SDOH), shape individual and population health.

  • Enable judges to identify and understand the SDOH and how they help shape individual and population health.

  • Shift attendees’ focus away from individual level (genetic/biomedical/behavioral choices) factors that influence health to population level factors and provide a socio-ecological model of health.

  • Help attendees to appreciate the relevance of SDOH and the distinction between individual and population level factors in a case relating to unsafe housing.

Discussion Topics

  • Clark v. NYC Housing Authority

  • Introduction to the SDOH

  • Socio-ecological model of understanding individual health

  • Interplay between the SDOH and courts

  • The population approach

Unit Two: Poverty as a Social Determinant of Health

Learning Objectives

  • Help attendees understand how poverty works as an upstream SDOH.

  • Analyze how poverty can impact and shape individual and population health through a child custody case.

  • Help attendees to recognize the strengths and limitations of controlled experiments in understanding the SDOH.

Discussion Topics

  • Population health outcomes

  • Poverty as an upstream SDOH

  • How the SDOH affect obesity

  • Natural and quasi experiments

  • In re Brittany T.

 

Unit Three: Racism as a Social Determinant of Health

Learning Objectives

  • Analyze how racism can impact and shape individual and population health through a case study on racism and common challenges experienced by people of color.

  • Reflect on how poverty and racism interact with one another by analyzing a flow chart of racial differences in flexible resources and socioeconomic status.

  • Understand some of the strengths and weaknesses of studies that rely on available data sets.

Discussion Topics

  • Racism as a SDOH

  • SDOH research using available data sets.

  • U.S. v. Harris


Unit Four: Housing

Learning Objectives

  • Help attendees understand how housing operates as a meso-level SDOH.

  • Illustrate the value and appropriate use of qualitative research.

  • Analyze how housing can impact and shape individual and population health.

Discussion Topics

  • Housing as a SDOH

  • Qualitative Research

  • Norwich Housing Authority v. Mayo