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Health Law Section

Additional Resources

The resources presented here are meant to encourage learning and awareness of the many tools available to remain current and up-to-date on Health Law topics and issues.

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Education and Advocacy:

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law:
Mental health advocacy, including alerts, news releases, and related resources and links.

Treatment Advocacy Center:  Eliminating Barriers to the Treatment of Mental Illness
Law articles, analysis, statutes, and cases on mental illness.

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network:
Advocacy organization that educates and promotes policy and legal responses to HIV and AIDS that respect human rights.

Health Administration Responsibility Project (HARP):
Resource for patients, doctors, and attorneys seeking to establish the liability of HMOs, Managed Health Care Organizations, and Nursing Facilities for the consequences of their decisions.

National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy:
Independent organization promoting policies and pursuing strategies that result in individuals with psychiatric diagnoses making their own choices regarding treatment.

National Health Law Program:
Public interest law firm working to advance access to quality healthcare and protect the legal rights of low-income and underserved people.

Planned Parenthood: 
Provides information including sexual health, legislative action, research and information, and tips for contacting members of Congress.

The Protection of Conscience Project:
Provides support and information for the exercise of legitimate freedom of conscience by individuals who oppose health care and medical related policies or procedures.

Trainings, Lectures and Symposia

IUPUI Medical Humanities and Health Studies
Lectures and Seminars in Medical Humanities-Health Studies: 

Indiana Public Health Training Center: 

Indiana State Bar Association Indiana Health Law Symposium (April 19, 2012)

2011 Indiana Health Law Symposium (Indiana State Bar Association)

Robert H. McKinney School of Law, McDonald Merrill Ketcham Annual Lecture and Indiana Health Law Review Symposium:

Professional Organization Membership for Paralegals
In addition to membership in the Indiana Paralegal Association, you also might want to consider membership in these organizations as well:

Healthcare Paralegals Federation (currently, membership is free):
Indiana Public Health Association: 

Indiana State Bar Association, Paralegal Membership Application:

Health Law Sections of Local, State, and National Organizations:
• American Public Health Association, Health Law Special Primary Interest Group: 

• American Bar Association, Health Law Section:


Organizations Related to Health Care and Social Law

  • American College of Legal Medicine:
    Founded in 1960, the American College of Legal Medicine (ACLM) is the official organization for professionals who focus on the important issues where law and medicine converge. The ACLM is a professional community of physicians, attorneys, dentists, healthcare professionals, administrators, scientists, and others with a sustained interest in medical legal affairs. The ACLM is the organization of healthcare and legal professionals whose diverse education, training, and experience enable the College to promote interdisciplinary cooperation and an understanding of issues where law and medicine converge.
  • American College of Healthcare Executives:
  • Professional Association for Health Administrators, with links to press releases, publications and educational offerings.
  • American Health Lawyers Association:
    The mission of the American Health Lawyers Association is to provide a collegial forum for interaction and information exchange to enable its members to serve their clients more effectively; to produce the highest quality non-partisan educational programs, products, and services concerning health law issues; and to serve as a public resource on selected healthcare legal issues.
  • American Medical Association (AMA): .  The mission of the AMA is to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.  The AMA strives to help doctors help patients by uniting physicians nationwide to work on the most important professional and public health issues.
  • American Public Health Association (APHA):
    The American Public Health Association is the oldest, largest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world and has been working to improve public health since 1872. The Association aims to protect all Americans and their communities from preventable, serious health threats and strives to assure community-based health promotion and disease prevention activities and preventive health services are universally accessible in the United States. APHA represents a broad array of health professionals and others who care about their own health and the health of their communities.
  • American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics: .  The mission of the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics is to provide high-quality scholarship, debate, and critical thought to the community of professionals at the nexus of law, medicine, and ethics.
  • Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO):
    ASTHO is the 501(c) (3) non-profit membership association representing the chiefs of state and territorial health agencies and the 120,000 individuals who work for them. It is supported by 57 members, senior state and territorial health agency leadership, an active Alumni Society of former members, a network of 20 affiliated organizations, and staff.
  • Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services:
    CMS' Mission * To ensure effective, up-to-date health care coverage and to promote quality care for beneficiaries CMS' Vision: * To achieve a transformed and modernized health care system. * CMS works to accomplish its mission by continuing to transform and modernize America's health care system.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
    Collaborating to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health – through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats.
  • Centers for Law and the Public's Health:
    Founded in October, 2000 as a CDC Collaborating Center in Public Health Legal Preparedness, and in June, 2005 as a WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center in Public Health Law and Human Rights, the Centers for Law and the Public's Health: A Collaborative at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities is a primary, international, national, state, and local resource on public health law, ethics, human rights, and policy for public health practitioners, lawyers, legislators, judges, academics, policymakers, and others.
  • European Association of Health Law (EAHL):
    The European Association of Health Law (EAHL) aims to strengthen the health and human rights interface throughout Europe, and to serve as an indispensable source of advice and guidance for the future of health law and policies in Europe.
  • Health Action International (HAI):
    HAI works towards a world in which all people, especially the poor and marginalised, are able to exercise their human right to health. HAI’s contribution is through advocating for increased access to essential medicines and improved rational use of medicines (RUM). This is achieved through research excellence and the engagement of civil society in advocacy in the medicines policy debate.
  • Health Policy Watch:
    Health Policy Watch seeks to provide experts and non-experts alike with a portal on these developing debates on health policy and on ideas for achieving universal coverage.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH):
    The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research. Helping to lead the way toward important medical discoveries that improve people's health and save lives, NIH scientists investigate ways to prevent disease as well as the causes, treatments, and even cures for common and rare diseases.
  • Pan American Health Organization (PAHO):
    The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is an international public health agency with more than 100 years of experience in working to improve health and living standards of the countries of the Americas. It serves as the specialized organization for health of the Inter-American System. It also serves as the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization and enjoys international recognition as part of the United Nations system.
  • Public Health Foundation (PHF):
    The Public Health Foundation (PHF) is dedicated to achieving healthy communities through research, training, and technical assistance. For more than 35 years, this national, non-profit organization has been creating new information and helping health agencies and other community health organizations connect to and more effectively use information to manage and improve performance, understand and use data, and strengthen the workforce.
  • World Health Organization:
    WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends. effectively use information to manage and improve performance, understand and use data, and strengthen the workforce.

Health Related Agencies, Associations, and Institutions

Public Health Law Contacts Directories/CDC:

Publications Related to Health Care and Social Law
• Health Affairs
Health Affairs is the leading journal of health policy thought and research. The peer-reviewed journal was founded in 1981 under the aegis of Project HOPE, a nonprofit international health education organization. Health Affairs explores health policy issues of current concern in both domestic and international spheres.
• International Journal for Quality in Health Care
About the Journal The International Journal for Quality in Health Care makes activities and research related to quality and safety in health care available to a worldwide readership. The Journal publishes papers in all disciplines related to the quality and safety of health care, including health services research, health care evaluation, technology assessment, health economics, utilization review, cost containment, and nursing care research, as well as clinical research related to quality of care.
• Internet Journal of Law, Healthcare and Ethics
This is a peer reviewed journal. Every published article has been reviewed by members of the editorial board and the editor-in-chief. All articles are archived by Internet Scientific Publications LLC and recognized by The Library of Congress Catalog of Publications.
• The Milbank Quarterly
Published for more than eighty years, The Milbank Quarterly features peer-reviewed original research, policy review, and analysis, as well as commentary from academics, clinicians, and policymakers. According to the Institute for Scientific Information, the Quarterly has either led or been in the top three for "impact factor" (based on citations of published articles) of forty journals in Health Policy & Services and of fifty-seven journals in Health Care Sciences & Services since 2003. Articles published in the Quarterly also have the longest citation half-life of journals in Health Policy & Services.

Other Publications:

Bioline International
Electronic publishing service providing open access to quality research journals published in developing countries to increase global understanding of health.

Centre for Law and Genetics: 
Provides access to articles, abstracts, conferences, websites, legal cases, and statutes on legal, ethical, and social issues relating to developments in genetic technology.


U.S. Public Health Service Syphilis Study at Tuskegee:
The U.S. Public Health Service Syphilis Study at Tuskegee led to the United States government’s development of improved research guidelines for human subjects.

The Institute of Human Values in Health Care:
Conducts interdisciplinary research and publishes analytic studies that relate human values to the development of health policy, legislation, and systems of delivery of patient care and that advance knowledge and understanding of ethical conduct of research.

Specialty Topics:

Circumcision:  Legal Issues: 
Legal material relevant to the performance of male circumcision.

Health Privacy Project/Center for Democracy & Technology
General information, legislation, federal and state laws on health privacy

Medical Records Privacy/Privacy Rights Clearinghouse:
Non-profit consumer organization providing consumer information and consumer advocacy about personal privacy topics, including medical records.

Medical Record Privacy/EPIC
Public interest research center focusing public attention on civil liberties issues and protection of privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values.

Medicare Rights/Medicare Rights Center: 
National non-profit organization working to assure access to affordable healthcare for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling, advocacy, education programs, and policy initiatives.

Organ Donation/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Information, materials and resources, legislation, and grants on organ donation.

EMTLA (Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act)/American College of Emergency Physicians:

Caring Connections
A program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, this national consumer and community engagement initiative works to improve care at the end of life.

Nurse Paralegals and Nurse Attorneys in Health Law

American Society of Legal Nurse Consultants

American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants 

National Alliance of Certified Legal Nurse Consultants

Legal Nurse Aid

Juris Educational Resource Knowledge for Legal Nurse Consulting

International and American Association of the Legal Nurse Industry

The American Association of Nurse Attorneys

Source:  The links for this section were drawn from the following source:
100 Quality Resources for Nursing and Medical Law, accessed 1/14/13 from:


State and National Organizations Advocating for Children and Families

In Indiana:

Children with Special Needs:

ASK (About Special Kids): 

Disability Legal Services of Indiana: 

Family Voices Indiana: 

InSource (Indiana Resource Center for Families with Special Needs: 

The ARC Indiana (for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities): 

Indiana Association for Infant and Toddler Mental Health:

Child Advocacy and Education

Children’s Coalition of Indiana: 

Safe Kids Indiana:

Voices for Indiana’s Children:

Kids’ Voice of Indiana/Derelle Watson-Duvall Children’s Law Center of Indiana: 

Indiana Association for Child Care Resource and Referral:

American Academy of Pediatrics Indiana Chapter:

Increasing Public Access to Legal Services

Indiana Health Advocacy Coalition:

Wishard’s Medical-Legal Partnership:

Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic: 

Indiana Legal Services – Indiana Justice Center:

The Legal Aid Centre of El Doret:

National Organizations Advocating for Children’s Health and Safety:

National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI):

SAFE KIDS Worldwide: 

American Academy of Pediatrics:

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