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Mission Statement

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 improving health outcomes, shaping individual and community experiences of health care, and reducing health care costs. 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.

The Health Law Lab is a project of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School (CHLPI) that strives to educate the next generation of health care law and policy thought leaders through hands-on work with our clients, partners, and community allies.


Robert Greenwald, JD

Robert Greenwald

Robert Greenwald is a Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the Faculty Director of the Law School’s Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI). CHLPI houses the Law School’s health and food law clinical programs. Robert and the team at CHLPI are engaged in state and national research, policy development, advocacy, and litigation to expand access to high-quality healthcare, reduce health disparities, and promote more equitable and effective healthcare and food systems. Robert currently serves as a co-chair of the national Chronic Illness & Disability Partnership. Robert served as a member of the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS and as a co-chair of its Access to Care Subcommittee from 2010-16.

Sarah Downer, JD

Sarah is the Associate Director of the Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation and directs the Whole Person Care initiative, which seeks to improve care for underserved individuals at every point of interaction with the health care system. She works with clients and partners to nurture innovations in health care delivery and financing, scale successful interventions, convene powerful coalitions, translate emerging research into comprehensive and compelling resources for policy-makers, and to explore the short and long-term implications of health care trends. Together with her CHLPI colleagues, she convenes and leads the Food is Medicine Massachusetts coalition (FIMMA), and authored the Massachusetts Food is Medicine State Plan, a blueprint for increasing access to vital nutrition services for every community in the state. Prior to joining the Center, Sarah provided direct legal services as part of Harvard Law School’s Community Lawyering Program. She is a licensed member of the Massachusetts bar.

Katie Garfield, JD

Katie is a Clinical Instructor at the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School. Katie joined the Center in 2014 and currently focuses her work on the Center’s Whole Person Care initiatives, including the Center’s Health Law Lab, Food is Medicine, and Specialty Care projects. In her work on these initiatives, she has had the opportunity to work with community-based organizations, state agencies, health care providers, and coalitions to develop strategies to increase access to innovative services to address critical health and social needs. Prior to joining the Center, Katie was an associate at Ropes & Gray LLP. She is a licensed member of the Massachusetts Bar.

Rachel Landauer, JD MPH

Rachel joined the Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation in July 2018 as a Clinical Fellow in the Health Law and Policy Clinic. Rachel graduated from UCLA School of Law in May 2016 as a member of the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, and with a Master of Public Health degree from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Immediately prior to joining the Center, Rachel was an associate at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP. Rachel loves to think about HIPAA and other health care regulatory and compliance matters–especially as they apply to social determinants of health interventions! She is a licensed member of the California Bar.

Kristin Sukys, MSc

Kristin joined the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation at Harvard Law School as Project Consultant in August 2018 leading the GIS analysis for the Massachusetts Food is Medicine State Plan and is currently a Policy Analyst working on HLPC’s whole-person care initiatives.

Kristin graduated in May 2018 with a Master of Science degree in Agriculture, Food, and the Environment from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. Specializing in community food systems and public health, her work focused on the intersection of our health care and food systems. Prior to graduate school, Kristin spent many years teaching English abroad and working within local food systems– in restaurants, on farms, and managing the operations of a compost company. She received a B.A. in International Relations specializing in Environmental Issues from Virginia Tech.