Who We Are
We are physician-researchers at Harvard Medical School and the Cambridge Health Alliance committed to illuminating, teaching about and eliminating health inequalities, and optimizing the health of all people living in the US. Our research and policy advocacy focuses on health care financing, insurance coverage, underinsurance, access to and quality of care for groups suffering oppression, including people of color, the poor, immigrants, victims of sexual assault, and incarcerated individuals. The CHJL is based in the Department of Medicine at the Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Medical School. Several CHJL members also have faculty and clinical appointments at other institutions.
CHJL’s research has generated more than 200 scientific articles, most of which have appeared in leading medical and policy journals. Its scholarly contributions include seminal studies of
high administrative costs of the US health care system
analyses of the consequences of being uninsured
adverse effects of for-profit ownership of health providers and insurers
profit-driven misbehaviors by drug firms
immigrants' outsized contributions to the health care system
deficit of mental health care for minority youth
disproportionate role of minority physicians in caring for the underserved
racism reflected in clinical algorithms
analyses of the impact on access to care of the Affordable Care Act
frequency and consequences of sexual assault among young women
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