Over the years, the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School’s work with community based organizations, health care providers, payers, and government officials has highlighted that health relies on more than a visit to the doctor’s office. Emerging models of community-clinical partnerships address the ways that our homes, food, environment, and daily lives impact overall health and wellbeing. Yet, these innovative partnerships must navigate laws and policies designed for patients in traditional health care settings. Strengthening and sustaining community-clinical partnerships requires an understanding of and compliance with laws and policies that impact the integration of health care and social services. That’s why we’ve launched The Health Law Lab.
The Health Law Lab advances health care system efforts to address social determinants of health and health-related social needs, improve health equity, and mitigate health disparities. We work to realize a coordinated system of comprehensive care that recognizes the foundational role of social determinants of health in shaping individual and community experiences of health care. The Health Law Lab explores, analyzes, and nurtures innovations that address social determinants of health, and examines the legal, regulatory, and policy implications of integrating these interventions into health care delivery and financing.