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Research has shown that laws can significantly impact population health and health equity. Most of this research has focused on the impact of statutes and regulations, but in the U.S. legal system, with its well-entrenched tradition of judicial review, judges wield enormous authority over critical health determinants, including housing stability, socio-economic position (as impacted by education and income), access to health care, structural racism and the quality of the environment.
 
Salus Populi: Educating the Judiciary about the Social Determinants of Health is a project in collaboration with the Center for Health Policy and Law at Northeastern University School of Law and the Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research at Northeastern University that seeks to provide guidance and training to judges on the impact of the law on the social determinants of health.
 
The Center for Health Policy and Law at Northeastern University School of Law promotes innovative solutions to public health challenges in Massachusetts and around the globe. The Center advances law and policy reforms to strengthen population health, reduce health disparities, nourish public health programs, and enhance access to affordable, high-quality health care. 
 
The Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research is dedicated to generating scientific knowledge to promote health equity and social justice, and reduce disparities in health, mental health and well-being. The Institute’s projects focus on public mental health and substance use disorders, violence prevention and trauma studies, refugee, immigrant and global health, and health promotion and disease prevention across the life course. 

Healthy People 2020 identified five key areas of determinants: 

  • social and community context (incarceration, social cohesion, civic participation, and systemic discrimination particularly against people of color, women, LGBTQ+, older adults, and people with disabilities);

Recognizing these SDOH can challenge our conventional understandings of public health  and what it means to protect it.  

Healthy People 2030 SDOH Graphic Domain
Social Determinants of Health

Our Story

Our Team

Our Team

advisory board

Advisory Board

Past Salus Populi  Team Members

Alexandra Alden
Candidate PhD, Class of 2021

 
Larissa Brito de Senna
JD, Class of 2020


Somer Brown
JD, Class of 2021


 Emily Butcher
JD,  Class of 2021


Persia Mahdavi
Candidate JD, Class of 2022


Zoe Harris
Candidate MPH, Class of 2020


Mackenzie Darling 
Candidate JD, Class of 2022

 

Alexandra Alden
Candidate PhD, Class of 2021

 
Larissa Brito de Senna
JD, Class of 2020


Somer Brown
JD, Class of 2021


 Emily Butcher
JD,  Class of 2021


Persia Mahdavi
Candidate JD, Class of 2022


Zoe Harris
Candidate MPH, Class of 2020


Mackenzie Darling 
Candidate JD, Class of 2022

Lena Ransohoff
Candidate JD,
Class of 2023

Ada Peters
Candidate JD, Class of 2023


Kaitlyn Eri Lee
Candidate BS in Sociology, Class of 2022


Cassandra LaRose
JD/MPH, Class of 2021


Annika Skansberg
Candidate JD/MPH, Class of 2021


Sean Peters
Candidate JD, Class of 2022


Gregory Paal
JD, Class of 2021


Mahathi Vemireddy 
Candidate JD, Class of 2022


Monica MorganCandidate JD/MPH,
Class of 2023


 

Benjamin Sephton
BA, Berkeley University, Class of 2020


Christopher Petronio
Candidate JD, Class of 2022


Mason Fitzpatrick
Candidate BS in Health Science/Business, Class of 2022


Ryan Smith
JD, Class of 2021


Bavani Sridhar
Candidate JD, Class of 2022


Migue Van Louis Darcera 
Candidate JD, Class of 2023


Vela McBride
Candidate MPH, Class of 2024


Lena Ransohoff
Candidate JD, Class of 2023

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