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Clinic in Climate Justice, Law, and Public Health

The clinic is an innovative collaboration between Yale School of Public Health and community partners around Connecticut. It operates year-round, with enrollment in both fall and spring semesters. Interdisciplinary student teams carry out applied projects at the intersection of climate justice, law and public policy, and public health. Each team works with a partner organization to study, design, and implement a project, typically through community-based participatory research practices. The course affords the opportunity to have a real-world impact by applying concepts and competencies learned in the classroom.

Past projects include:

  • Climate Justice for Persons Vulnerable to Heat Stress in Northern Manhattan.” Partner organization: WE ACT for Environmental Justice)
  • “Energy Justice and Health in a Changing Climate.” Partner organization: Operation Fuel, Inc.
  • Health & Environmental Justice in Alabama: Pollution Impacts in Two Low-Income African American Communities.” Partner organizations: Ashurst Bar/Smith Community Organization, Tuskegee University, Black Belt Citizens Fighting for Health & Justice, and University of Maryland-College Park, and EJ Clinic at Vermont Law School)
  • “Managing Non-Communicable Diseases after Natural Disasters in the Caribbean.” Partner organization: Eastern Caribbean Health Outcomes Research Organization
  • “Using Local Laws to Protect Communities from Cumulative Impacts.” Partner organizations: Public Interest Law Firm

The clinic is supported through a grant from the SNF Fund for the Integration of Theory and Practice.

For more information, contact the Yale faculty instructor, Dr. Laura Bozzi.

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