Show Notes: How Law Can Make a Difference in Health Outcomes

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Dayna Bowen Matthew
Episode 5: How Law Can Make a Difference in Health Outcomes

Public health policy expert and UVA Law professor Dayna Matthew ’87 explores factors — such as where you live and your race — that affect health outcomes, and how lawyers and doctors are teaming up to confront these challenges. More

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Show Notes: How Law Can Make a Difference in Health Outcomes

Dayna Bowen Matthew

Dayna Matthew is the William L. Matheson and Robert M. Morgenthau Distinguished Professor of Law and the F. Palmer Weber Research Professor of Civil Liberties and Human Rights at the University of Virginia School of Law. She also holds a joint appointment as professor of public health sciences at the School of Medicine. The author of “Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care,” Matthew focuses on health law and policy, public health and equity, environmental justice, medical liability and malpractice, race and constitutional law. Before joining the faculty in 2017, Matthew directed the Health Law and Policy Program at the University of Colorado Law School, and co-founded the medical-legal partnership the Colorado Health Equity Project, which removed barriers to good health for low-income clients. After graduating from UVA Law in 1987, she clerked for Justice John Charles Thomas ’75, the first African American to sit on the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Matthew has also served as senior adviser to the director of the Office of Civil Rights for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and was a member of U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s health policy team. During 2015-16 she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow, in residence in Washington, D.C., and pivoted her work toward population-level clients. She forged relationships with influential policy groups such as the Brookings Institution, where she is currently a nonresident senior fellow, and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. Before academia, Matthew practiced as a civil litigator both in Kentucky, at the law firm of Greenebaum, Doll and McDonald, and in Virginia at McGuireWoods, where her work primarily focused on the defense of medical care providers and corporate manufacturers in state courts, federal courts, and before administrative and licensing tribunals.

You can follow Matthew on Twitter at @daynamatthew3.

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