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Salus Populi:
Educating the Judiciary About the Social Determinants of Health
Judicial Education Program 

Fall 2021

Hybrid Schedule

Friday, October 8

Northeastern University

Boston MA 

10:00 AM - 12:00  PM                               Welcome

                                                                        Unit 1: Introduction to SDOH and Public Health Frameworks 

12:00 - 1:00 PM                                           Lunch 

1:00 - 3:00 PM                                             Unit 2: Poverty


3:00 - 5:00 PM                                             Unit 3: Racism


Friday, November 19


10:00 AM - 12:00  PM                               Unit 4: Employment and Housing

                                                                        Program Wrap-up

Virtual Schedule

Friday, October 8

10:00 AM - 12:00  PM                               Welcome

                                                                        Unit 1: Introduction to SDOH and Public Health Frameworks 

Friday, October 22

3:00 - 5:00 PM                                              Unit 2: Poverty


Friday, November 5

12:00 - 2:00 PM                                            Unit 3: Racism


Friday, November 19


10:00 AM - 12:00  PM                                 Unit 4: Employment and Housing

                                                                                       Program Wrap-up

Guest Speakers

Lauren Smith, MD, MPH

Lauren Smith, MD, MPH, is the chief health equity and strategy officer for the CDC Foundation. In this newly created role, Smith brings more than 25 years working at the intersection of health care delivery and management, public policy, and public health fields. 

Lia Scott, PhD, MPH

Dr. Lia Scott is an assistant professor of epidemiology in the Department of Population Health Sciences for the School of Public Health. Her general research interests include identifying the various individual, policy, social and physical environmental factors that drive social and structural inequities by combining spatial analysis, advanced statistical modeling and epidemiological methods. She aims to quantify the effect these factors have on cancer outcomes in cancers that disproportionately impact Black women, emphasizing triple-negative breast cancer.


Danya Keene, PhD:

Danya Keene is an Associate Professor of Social Behavioral Sciences at the Yale School of Public Health. Her research examines housing and housing policy as determinants of population health equity. Moving beyond a focus on housing and individual health, her work considers how an ongoing history of racially discriminatory housing and urban policies have constrained housing access for non-white Americans, and thus contribute to racial health equity.


John Auerbach, MBA:

John Auerbach is the Director of Intergovernmental and Strategic Affairs at CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). As such, he is the lead strategic advisor on CDC engagement with the government agencies at the federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial levels, public health partners, and other external partners. Within the agency, he assists the Director in the development of priority initiatives. Over the course of a thirty-year career, he has held senior public health positions at the federal, state, and local levels.

Guest Facilitators

Hon. Jay Blitzman:

Judge Blitzman is an associate justice of the Middlesex Juvenile Court. Prior to his appointment in 1996, he was a founder and the first director of the Youth Advocacy Project (YAP), a community based legal services organization in Roxbury, Mass.

Todd Brower:

Todd Brower, LL.M., J.D., is the Judicial Education Director for the Williams Institute. He has worked with the courts of several nations in Europe, Africa, and North and South America, with many U.S. states and federal agencies, and with international and national judicial organizations creating and teaching judicial education programs.

Robert B. Foster:

Robert B. Foster was appointed as a Justice of the Massachusetts Land Court in 2011. Before joining the bench, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Herbert P. Wilkins of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and practiced with Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster in real estate, land use, commercial and probate litigation.

Beth Gillia:

Beth Gillia, JD, is the Center Director & Senior Attorney at the Corinne Wolfe Center for Child and Family Justice, which provides training and resources to professionals and volunteers who work in the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice systems in New Mexico.

Hon. Elizabeth Katz:

Elizabeth D. Katz is a federal bankruptcy judge on the United States bankruptcy court, District of Massachusetts. Her legal career began at the Office of the Attorney General in Boston upon her graduation from law school. In 1995, Attorney Katz became an assistant district attorney at the Northwestern District Attorney's Office in Northampton, where she worked until 2007. Upon her departure, Attorney Katz was the Chief of the Hampshire County and Franklin County District Courts Divisions.


Ellen Lawton

Ellen Lawton, JD is a national expert in the integration of legal professionals into the health care setting to address the social determinants of health. She helped found and then led the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership at George Washington University.

Frequently Asked Questions

Salus Populi Staff 

Wendy E. Parmet, JD:

Wendy E. Parmet is the faculty director of the Center for Health Policy and Law, and Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law and Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. She is a leading expert on health, disability and public health law, directs the law school’s Center for Health Policy and Law as well as its JD/MPH programs. She also holds a joint appointment with Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs in recognition of her national leadership in interdisciplinary thinking and problem solving on issues related to health care.

Alisa Lincoln, PhD, MPH:

Alisa K. Lincoln, Associate Dean of Research for the College of Social Sciences and Humanities and Professor of Health Sciences and Sociology at Northeastern University, is the director of the Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research. Her research examines the way that social exclusion and marginalization both contributes to and is a consequence of poor health, and specifically mental health. She examines questions related to social factors and their relationships with mental health and mental health services focusing on how social disadvantage impacts people’s mental health and their experiences and outcome in mental health care.  

Faith Khalik, JD:

Faith Khalik is the Center for Health Policy and Law's Legal Fellow, responsible for overseeing the Public Health Law Watch, a collaborative initiative between the Center for Health Policy and Law and the George Consortium, a network of academics, scholars, and practitioners in the field of public health law. The Public Health Law Watch (PHLW) identifies potential legislative and regulatory changes that have the potential to impact public health. PHLW's main goal is to increase visibility and understanding of public health law issues and changes, identify ways to engage on these issues, and provide legal analysis and commentary. 

Alexandra Alden:

Alexandra Alden is currently a medical sociology doctoral candidate at Northeastern University, studying state efforts to improve racial and ethnic equity in mental healthcare.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates of the program?

We are offering our Fall 2021 in two formats: Hybrid and Virtual. Both formats will cover the same units and material. We reserve the right to alter the schedule and format as needed based on updated public health guidance related to COVID-19. 

Hybrid Attendees:

  • Friday, October 8 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET (in-person)

    • Units 1 – 3

  • Friday, November 19 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET (virtual)

    •  Unit 4 and wrap-up


Virtual Attendees:

  • Friday, October 8 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

    • Unit 1

  • Friday, October 22 | 3:00 – 5:00 PM ET

    • Unit 2

  • Friday, November 5 | 12:00 – 2:00 PM ET

    • Unit 3

  • Friday, November 19 | 10 AM – 12:00 PM ET

    • Unit 4 and wrap-up



Who will teach the course?

The course will be taught by faculty from the Center for Health Policy and Law and the Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research at Northeastern University, as well as guest speakers with expertise in the SDOH. Judges, former judges, and experienced judicial educators will serve as discussion leaders.

How will this course be taught?

The course is available in 2 formats: hybrid, with an in-person session on Oct. 8 and a virtual session on Nov. 19, and fully virtual, with sessions on Oct. 8, Oct, 15, Nov. 5 and Nov. 19. All sessions will be synchronous and discussion-based, with limited presentations followed by small group discussions and role-playing.


Where/how is the program being held?

Participants in the hybrid program will attend an in-person session on October 8, 2021 at Northeastern University in Boston, MA and a virtual session via Zoom on November 29, 2021. Virtual attendees will join the program via Zoom. A member of our team will send out calendar invites with Zoom links for all sessions.



Are there any costs associated with attending the program?

There are no registration fees or tuition for the program. If you are enrolled in the hybrid program, we will cover the costs of your travel, meals, and accommodations.

Salus Populi is a project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which allows us to cover costs for attendee participation in the judicial education program.



If I am attending the hybrid session, how should I arrange my travel and accommodations?

Registrants will be asked to select their preferred attendance format (hybrid or virtual) at the time of registration. Upon successful registration for the Fall 2021 program, a member of our team will be in touch to arrange your travel and accommodations for the in-person session on Friday, October 8, 2021. We will cover the cost of hybrid attendees' travel and accommodations for the in-person stay.


Must I attend every session?

No. We strongly urge judges to attend every session for their format. However, we recognize that judges’ schedules are busy, and that some participants may not be able to attend every session.  We do request that all judges join the first session so that they can get an overview of the program and an introduction to social determinants of health that will be vital to understanding all of the subsequent units.



Will there be homework?

No. We will recommend additional readings, but do not require judges to review them during the course.



Will continuing education credits be available for attendees of the program?

We will work with attendees to apply for CLE/CJE credits for program attendees. Please note that we cannot guarantee that your state/jurisdiction will approve the credits. We are offering eight hours of continuing education credit. There will be a couple of opportunities to indicate an interest in seeking CLE/CJE credits. 

How are you evaluating the impact of this pilot program?

In order to assess this new JEP and its impact we will be asking participants to take a brief pre- and post- test at the time of the training. You may also be asked if we have your permission to contact you following the program to learn more about your experience with Salus Populi and ways you think we could improve the program.

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