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Salus Populi: April 26, 2024 Session Information

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Salus Populi Judicial Education Program 
  • Friday, April 26 | Northeastern University, Boston, MA (in-person)  


This full-day, interactive, seminar-style program is designed to give judges an introduction to the social determinants of health and their relationship to judicial decision-making, plus the tools they need to apply their knowledge to their work on the bench. Topics covered include: introduction to population health and socio-ecological health; poverty, structural racism, housing, and public health research methods.  

There is no registration fee. Travel and accommodations will be covered for participants attending the in-person session. Participants can earn continuing legal education credits. Please keep an eye out for an email from the Salus Populi team in early March for assistance in helping get your flight booked. 


Hotel and Transportation Information


We have reserved a block of rooms at The Colonnade Boston, which is located one mile from the program venue. We will cover hotel room costs for the evenings of April 25th and April 26th, and will maintain a list to send to the hotel. They know to invoice us for your hotel room and tax. You will be asked for a credit card upon check-in to cover any incidentals and/or room service.  


Salus Populi will book and pay for roundtrip transportation (flights, buses, or trains) for attendees coming from out of town. Please note that due to Northeastern University policy, we can only cover economy class travel. However, you are welcome to pay the difference to upgrade after your travel has been booked. We ask that you find your preferred flight, including airport, and send us the information through a website form linked here. Once we receive this information, we will book travel on your behalf and forward you the confirmation email. 

Welcome Dinner

On Thursday, April 25th, we will host a sit-down welcome dinner for Salus Populi attendees at Northeastern University from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. More details to come. 

About the Program

Judges at all levels frequently encounter legal issues that relate to social factors, including housing, racism, and poverty, that shape the health of individuals and communities. Salus Populi is the nation’s first judicial education program dedicated to helping judges understand these social determinants of health as well as their relationship to judicial decision-making. The program, which has been developed by the Center for Health Policy and Law and the Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research at Northeastern University, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will enable judges to more fully understand and analyze the upstream influences on health and their relevance to judicial decision-making, while also helping judges to become more informed consumers of epidemiological research.  

We believe that you will find this course to be very relevant to your work, as well as fun and informative. We hope the opportunity to connect with judges in other jurisdictions will also prove valuable.  

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