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Panel focuses on medical-legal approach to health care

Friday, October 24, 2014

Legal and medical professionals will come together on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Mercyhurst University to discuss collaborative efforts that could lead to improvements in health care.

The “Prescribing Attorneys, Not Medication, to Treat Disease” panel begins at 7 p.m. in Taylor Little Theatre. It is free and open to the public. The panel will address the new trend of legal-medical partnerships, as well as the impact these partnerships can potentially have on community health around the country.

“Partners from both of these sectors are collaborating in innovative ways to solve health-related problems through the use of legal aid to improve health and related issues such as housing, food security and poverty,” writes David Dausey, Ph.D., dean of the Institute for Public Health, and James Teufel, Ph.D., assistant professor of public health, in an invitation to colleagues.

Featured speakers include international expert Ellen Lawton, J.D., co-director of National Center for Medical Legal Partnerships; Alieu Nyassi, program director for Cultural Awareness and Inclusion at UPMC Hamot; and Robert Oakley, J.D., director of Northwestern Legal Services.

This panel discussion is part of the university’s 2014-15 academic theme, “Confronting Injustice.” The theme was selected to ignite inspiration within the Mercyhurst community by reflecting and addressing injustice in the immediate area as well as around the world.

The event is sponsored by the Mercyhurst University Institute for Public Health and Public Health Department, the Office of Academic Affairs, the Evelyn Lincoln Institute for Ethics and Society, and the philosophy and social work departments.

For more information, contact the Institute for Public Health at 814-824-3671 or