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Heather McCabe, '03, Awarded Fellowship Funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

03/04/2014

Heather McCabeHeather McCabe, ’03, an adjunct professor of law at IU McKinney and an assistant professor at the IU School of Social Work, has been awarded one of 10 faculty fellowships funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and offered through Georgia State University College of Law and its Center for Law Health & Society. The fellowship will allow her to participate in the “Future of Public Health Law Education: Faculty Fellowship Program.” The program is designed to build a learning community among those who teach public health law at professional and graduate schools.

Fellows will develop interdisciplinary courses and programs in public health law at their respective universities during the fellowship year. It is hoped that their projects will strengthen interdisciplinary education in public health law and promote collaborations with public health agencies and organizations in their communities.

“The goal of this project,” McCabe said, “is to create attorneys who understand and analyze public health law and regulations, can work as a part of a team of public health and medical professionals to assess and explain the impact of different public health law and regulatory options, and can learn from a team of public health and medical professionals to better understand social determinants of health in order to advocate both for legal clients and for more effective public health policies.”

The fellows, their deans, mentors, distinguished public health practitioners and leading legal education experts will participate in an intensive 10-day summer institute in July in Park City, Utah, to kick off the program. The fellows and mentors will communicate regularly throughout the year as the fellows implement their curricular innovations.

McCabe practiced social work at Riley Hospital for Children before entering law school. After graduation, she was Executive Director of the Indiana Partnership to Prevent Violent Injury and Death, a public health research project at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Clarian Health, and Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. She served as the Executive Director of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Hall Center for Law and Health until 2009, when she joined the faculty of the Indiana University School of Social Work. Her primary areas of interest are public health law, violent injury prevention and research, and work with children with developmental disabilities and/or medical fragility.


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