Rights Matter — always and in Recovery!
Grounded in the careful and inclusive work of RIZE’s Together in Recovery Advisory Committee (TRAC), the current toolkit demystifies seven domains of legal rights in plain (and multiple) languages. These rights are critical to people who often are pursuing treatment and recovery amid substantial material hardship, discrimination and other structural drivers of health.
MLPB is partnering with RIZE to manage updating of the current toolkit as well as expansion — informed by broad stakeholder input — to an additional domain of legal rights. In this next chapter of innovative legal rights education in communities of care, MLPB will help to spotlight tensions between the existence of a legal right on paper and the ability to exercise that legal right in practice.
The new RIZE-MLPB partnership happens to coincide with a significant and high-stakes public dialogue in Boston about the fate of hundreds of people currently living on Atkinson Street and surrounding areas. Last week, RIZE MA’s President & CEO Julie Burns was quoted on this topic here, reinforcing that the human beings at the center of this debate must be at the center of any related policymaking.
Designed for teams committed to human-centered social care, MLPB’s Digital Digest distills key law and policy updates across many domains of health-related social need that impact individuals, families, and communities.
Important dates for the social care “toolbox”!
- With this season’s first nor’easter on our mind, remember that the annual winter utility shut-off moratorium begins November 1 in RI and November 15 in MA. Eligible gas and electric customers can keep their lights and heat on by asserting shut-off protection rights. Visit the MA and RI Digital Digest to learn more!
. . . to our inaugural public health doctoral fellow Griffin Jones!
I’m a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) student at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. I’ve committed my career to scaling innovations aimed at improving the health of marginalized populations. Before coming to HSPH, I served as the Interim Director of Strategic Investment at the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC), leading programs targeting the Commonwealth’s most intractable health care cost challenges. It was in this capacity that I came to know and admire MLPB’s work advancing access to justice through innovative partnerships with health care systems.
I’m working with MLPB through the Spring as part of a doctoral project capstone work — assessing the value (current of potential) of MLPB’s team-facing legal partnering work with the Lynn Community Health Center’s Moms Do Care program. My hope is that this work will expand health justice among families and caregivers impacted by substance use disorder and drug control policies. In addition to generous support from MLPB, this work is co-sponsored by the FXB Center’s Structural Racism Initiative for Diversity and Equity (STRIDE) program and the Harvard Radcliffe Institute.
Originally from Portland, Maine, I hold a BA in International Relations from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and a Masters in Public Policy and Management from the Muskie School of Public Service. I live with my wife and three young children in Arlington, MA, and enjoy cross-country skiing and cooking with my kids.
Disparities, Equity & Social Health Integration
- Incarceration Is A Health Threat. Why Isn’t It Monitored Like One? (Health Affairs Blog, Oct. 19, 2021)
- Investing In Teaching Safety-Net Providers To Innovate Can Address Health Inequities (Health Affairs Blog, Oct. 11, 2021)
- Advancing Action On Health Equity Through A Sociolegal Model Of Health (The Milbank Quarterly, Oct. 5, 2021)
- The Association Of Advance Care Planning Documentation And End-Of-Life Healthcare Use Among Patients With Multimorbidity (The Playbook, Aug. 2021)
Employment & Health
- Mass. House Leaders Propose Up To $2,000 For Low-Income Workers Who Showed Up In Person During Pandemic State Of Emergency (The Boston Globe, Oct. 25, 2021)
- Paid Leave Policies Can Help Keep Businesses Open And Food On Workers’ Tables (Health Affairs Blog, Oct. 25, 2021)
- “All Labor Has Dignity” — The Case For Wage Equity For Essential Health Care Workers (The New England Journal Of Medicine, Oct. 21, 2021)
- Association Of Unemployment With Medicaid Enrollment By Social Vulnerability In North Carolina During COVID-19 (Health Affairs, Sep. 2021) subscription required
- Shift Work Is Harmful But Unavoidable: What’s The Best Way To Address It? (Health Affairs Blog, Aug. 25, 2021)
- A Prescription For… Food. Debit Card Program Enables Doctors To Help Patients Buy Healthy Groceries (The Boston Globe, Oct. 25, 2021)
- Food For Life: Health Care’s Role In Improving Health Through Food Assistance Benefits (Health Affairs Blog, Oct. 6, 2021)
- To Advance Health Equity, Measure Hospital Malnutrition Care (Health Affairs Blog, Oct. 6, 2021
Housing & Health
- With Winter Closing In, R.I. Homelessness Crisis Keeps Getting Worse (The Boston Globe, Oct. 22, 2021)
- After Eviction, A Family Struggles To Avoid Homelessness (The Boston Globe, Oct. 18, 2021)
- Eviction And The Necessary Conditions For Health (The New England Journal Of Medicine, Oct. 14, 2021)
- Advocates Call For R.I. To Tap $500 Million In Federal Funds To Replace Lead Pipes (The Boston Globe, Sep. 30, 2021)
- Low-Density Zoning, Health, And Health Equity (Health Affairs, Sep. 30, 2021)
Intimate Partner Violence
- How To Best Serve The Full Range Of Issues Faced By Survivors Of Domestic Violence (The Boston Globe, Oct. 23, 2021)
Maternal and Child Health
- How Are The Kids Doing? The Well-Being Of Children And The Nation’s Potential (Health Affairs Blog, Oct. 22, 2021)
- Here’s What Doulas Do, And How They’re Fighting For Black Maternal Health (The Boston Globe, Oct. 13, 2021)
- An Investment In Child Care Is An Investment In Rhode Island’s Future (The Boston Globe, Oct. 12, 2021)
- Pathways To Equitable And Antiracist Maternal Mental Health Care: Insights From Black Women Stakeholders (Health Affairs, Oct. 2021) free access
- The Medi-Cal Maze: Why Many Eligible Californians Don’t Enroll (California Health Care Foundation, Sep. 1, 2021)