Category: Health Magazine, Summer 2024

Title:Anonymous gift supports Health Justice Alliance

The alliance’s work reflects Georgetown’s commitment to human dignity, education, and justice.
The alliance’s work reflects Georgetown’s commitment to human dignity, education, and justice.

An anonymous family foundation recently made a $1.5 million gift to sustain the efforts of the Health Justice Alliance (HJA), Georgetown’s medical-legal partnership that is training future lawyers, physicians, and nurses to collaboratively use the law as a tool to improve health and wellbeing at the patient, systems, and population levels.

The HJA is a collaboration between Georgetown University Medical Center and Georgetown Law, in partnership with Georgetown’s academic health system partner, MedStar Health. As students work with law and medical faculty, providers, and staff to assist patients who struggle with unmet legal needs related to housing, food, insurance, employment, education, and other issues that negatively impact their health and wellbeing, they learn how more holistic patient care can advance health justice and racial equity in the District and beyond.

HJA’s activities focus on three core areas: service to the community, interdisciplinary collaboration and education, and policy-informing research and dissemination of best practices.

The foundation gift will endow an HJA fund to be a sustainable source of unrestricted support over the next 10 years to address needs as they arise.

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