Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy

The Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy at Yale Law School is the first of its kind to focus on the intersection of law and the governance, practice, and business of health care. The Center brings together leading experts and practitioners from the public and private sectors to address cutting-edge questions of health law and policy, and to train the next generation of top health lawyers, industry leaders, policymakers, and academics.

The Center was established to meet a critical need for a new academic and legal-professional discipline that responds to the rapidly evolving environment of health care and its centrality in the nation’s economy and government. “Health law” as a field of study in law schools is a relatively new concept; it has yet to be embraced within the field of “public law,” alongside similar disciplines like labor law and environmental law. Among the few health law centers at U.S. law schools, the Solomon Center is unique in its focus on the government’s role in health care as well as health care business and physicians and scientists themselves. The Solomon Center distinguishes itself by doing what Yale does best: focusing on law as a tool to affect governance, industry, and the academy at the highest levels.

The Center’s programming includes many course offerings, both academic and experiential; career planning; academic research, policy work and litigation briefs; and numerous high profile panels and conferences that bring academic, government, and business leaders in health care to the Law School.

Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC)

The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is a national organization dedicated to increasing the availability of quality health care for people living with a serious illness. As the nation’s leading resource in its field, CAPC provides health care professionals and organizations with the training, tools, and technical assistance necessary to effectively meet this need.

The Center to Advance Palliative Care is an organization with a simple vision: Palliative care everywhere.

CAPC carries out its mission and vision in a variety of ways:

  • Improving the knowledge and skills of all clinicians who serve seriously ill patients and their families
  • Supporting health care organizations to reliably deliver high-quality palliative care to patients and families in need across all care settings
  • Helping the public understand—and know to ask for—palliative care when they are diagnosed with a serious illness
  • Educating policymakers about high-value care models for the population living with a serious illness
  • Collaborating with health plans, accountable care organizations, large insurance purchasers, and other stakeholders to ensure reliable financing of palliative care services
  • Promoting adherence to national quality standards in the care of patients with serious illness
  • Serving as a convening, organizing, and disseminating force, CAPC collaborates with leaders, innovators, and partners across the continuum of care to foster connection and cross-fertilization.

CAPC is funded through organizational membership and the generous support of foundations and private philanthropy. It is part of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York City.

GPS Working Group

The Solomon Center GPS Working Group is a new multi-disciplinary collaboration focused on novel palliative care policy initiatives. The Working Group brings together scholars and practitioners from a variety of institutions and supports a wide range of research and writing: from cutting-edge studies on palliative care to work that will translate findings into targeted policy recommendations. The projects of the Working Group may take the form of white papers, model legislation, or other interventions promoting quality and access to care.

Founding Palliative Care GPS Team Members:

  • Shelli Feder, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, ACHPN: Assistant Professor in Nursing, Yale School of Nursing
  • Abbe R. Gluck, JD: Alfred M. Rankin Professor of Law and founding Faculty Director of the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy, Yale Law School; Professor of Internal Medicine, Yale Medical School
  •  Karen Jubanyik, MD: Associative Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Yale School of Medicine
  •  Nina Kohn, JD: Professor of Law, Syracuse University College of Law; Distinguished Scholar in Elder Law, Yale Law School
  •  Suzanne Marmo-Roman, PhD: Assistant Professor of Social Work, Sacred Heart University
  • Dena Schulman-Green, PhD: Associate Professor, New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing

Project Leadership Team

  • Lynette Martins, Yale Law School
  • Eugene Rusyn, Yale Law School
  • Allison Silvers, Center to Advance Palliative Care
  • Stacie Sinclair, Center to Advance Palliative Care

Senior Student Research Advisor

  • Carolyn Lye, Yale Law School/Yale School of Medicine

Student Researchers

  • Patrick Cosmo, Sacred Heart University, School of Social Work
  • Susan Godino, Sacred Heart University, School of Social Work
  • Evan Miller, Yale Law School 
  • Rosette Nguyen, Yale University, School of Public Health
  • Jennifer O’Connor, Sacred Heart University, School of Social Work
  • Stephanie Rice, Yale Law School
  • Ezra Ruiz, Yale Law School