How Law, Medicine, and Public Health Can Join Forces

How Law, Medicine, and Public Health Can Join Forces

March 30, 2016

Improving community health requires purposeful action and strategic relationships. In a recent blog post about medical-legal partnerships, Marice Ashe, founder and CEO of ChangeLab Solutions, discusses the important role lawyers play in social change movements. When law, medicine, and public health join forces, they can address the social determinants of health and tackle the root causes of health inequities.

“The law is a critical tool for making social change that benefits everyone,” Ashe said. “Health begins well before the doctor’s office. It begins in homes, workplaces, and neighborhoods. We can address the conditions that cause chronic disease and promote health using legal and policy tools.”

The blog post follows a Healthy People 2020 webinar, during which Ashe introduced the five essential public health law services – a new way of looking at how law and policy improve health – and showed how they can be leveraged to strengthen partnerships and make positive changes for everyone in a community.