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In April, 2018 the Northeastern University School of Law held a conference titled “Diseases of Despair: The Role of Policy and Law.” TWIHL was asked to be the event’s podcast partner and we roped in Leo Beletsky, our friend and one of the conference organizers, to act as co-host for two special TWIHL episodes. Professor Beletsky, holds a joint appointment with the Northeastern University School of Law and Bouvé College of Health Sciences. His research examines the use of law to improve health, with a focus on drug policy, reducing the spread of infectious disease, and the role of the criminal justice system in shaping public health outcomes.
For background on Diseases of Despair we recommend:
- Rising midlife morbidity and mortality, US whites, Anne Case, Angus Deaton Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Dec 2015, 112 (49) 15078-15083
- Where Next for Opioids and the Law? Despair, Harm Reduction, Lawsuits, and Regulatory Reform. Scott Burris, JD Public Health Reports Vol 133, Issue 1, pp. 29 – 33 First Published December 13, 2017
- Nabarun Dasgupta, Leo Beletsky, Daniel Ciccarone, “Opioid Crisis: No Easy Fix to Its Social and Economic Determinants”, American Journal of Public Health 108, no. 2 (February 1, 2018): pp. 182-186.
We recorded two shows, this second one concentrating on healthcare law and policy aspects. Leo and I were pleased to welcome Brietta Clark, Associate Dean for Faculty, Professor of Law and J. Rex Dibble Fellow, Loyola Law School, Jessica Mantel, Associate Professor and Co-Director, Health Law and Policy Institute, University of Houston Law Center, Elizabeth Tobin-Tyler, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Alpert Medical School and of Health Services, Policy and Practice at the Brown University School of Public Health.
TWIHL thanks all the conference attendees and the organizers for their help and a wonderful conference.
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