On November 16, 2016, Joel Teitelbaum, JD, LLM, co-director of the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership, was appointed to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2030 Advisory Committee. Professor Teitelbaum is one of 13 nationally recognized subject matter experts in health promotion, disease prevention, epidemiology, health literacy, communication, law, and state and local public health practice who form the Advisory Committee. He is the first lawyer to serve on a Healthy People Committee.
According to Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, “Since 1979, Healthy People has set science-based, measurable objectives with targets that are used to benchmark and monitor progress toward improving the health of all Americans over the course of a decade. Healthy People looks at health promotion and disease prevention through the lens of social determinants of health, recognizing that factors like zip code, economic stability, education, community, and access to health care are key to improving health outcomes. This focus on social determinants helps drive action across sectors to improve health and eliminate disparities in our nation’s communities. In 2020, Healthy People will begin its fifth decade of setting our national prevention agenda.”
Committee members serve a two-year term during which they meet publicly to review and evaluate current policy and scientific evidence as they prepare their recommendations. The Committee’s first meeting is on December 1-2, 2016, in Washington, DC, and is open to the public. Click here to register.