Beazley Symposium on Health Care Law and Policy

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13th Annual Health Law Symposium : Addressing the Health Care Needs of Justice-Involved Populations

Presented in conjunction with Annals of Health Law & Life Sciences

Friday, November 15, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Philip H. Corboy Law Center
Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom
25 E. Pearson Street, Chicago

The Beazley Institute for Health Law & Policy and Annals of Health Law & Life Sciences are pleased to present the symposium, which will explore the current barriers justice-involved populations face in accessing health care, and offer insights on ways to improve this issue.

About the Symposium

This year’s Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy Symposium will bring together scholars and practitioners analyzing access issues and health outcomes for justice-involved populations. Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s Thirteenth Annual Symposium on Health Law and Policy, titled Addressing the Health Care Needs of Justice-Involved Populations, will explore the issues surrounding expanding access to health care for these vulnerable populations from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Thomas Dart, the Sheriff of Cook County, will deliver the keynote address. The Symposium will be structured around three panels of presentations by distinguished specialists in health law and policy. The first panel, Using Health Care to Prevent Entrance and Lower Recidivism Rates, will describe the legal implications of early screening for development disabilities in youth, the ways in which technology and digital health can overcome post-release health care barriers, and opportunities for accessing dental care to support reentry. The second panel, Increasing Access to Treatment for Incarcerated Populations, will consist of a presentation by an physician practicing in El Paso, Texas who has treated children detained in immigrant detention centers, as well as presentations focusing on the variety of correctional health governance in U.S. state prisons and the ways in which Medicaid can be leveraged to increase health coverage and care for justice-involved populations. Lastly, the third panel, Constitutional Issues Relating to the Medical Treatment of Justice-Involved Populations, will offer a look at recent Hepatitis C Inmate litigation and challenges to the 21st Century Abortion Jurisprudence of Refugee Females.

Symposium Location

The conference will be held in the Philip H. Corboy Law Center, Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom, on the 10th floor of 25 E. Pearson St. at Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus.

Cost & CLE

Loyola is pleased to present this program free of charge to attendees not seeking CLE credit.

For those who wish to obtain credit, registration fees will apply as follows:

  • $50 for attendees seeking CLE credit
  • $40 for Loyola alumni seeking CLE credit
  • As part of our wider financial hardship consideration, there is an immediate discount of 50% for attorneys working the areas of government or public interest.
  • There is no charge for CLE credit for Loyola Law faculty, staff, or students.

Approved for 4.5 hours of General Illinois CLE Credit. CLE fees are payable at the door by cash or check made payable to Loyola University Chicago.

About About Annals of Health Law & Life Sciences

Twice yearly (Winter and Summer) the Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy publishes Annals of Health Law & Life Sciences, The Health Policy and Law Review of Loyola University Chicago. Annals contains articles of general interest in health law, which are deemed by the editors to make a contribution to the teaching, practice, and/or public policy surrounding health law. Past volumes have focused on corporate, regulatory, bioethical, and pharmaceutical issues, as well as patient rights and advocacy. Through this publication, health law students are afforded the opportunity to edit a law review article.

Advance Directive is an online publication of Annals of Health Law & Life Sciences, which is also published twice yearly (Fall and Spring). Similar to AnnalsAdvance Directive publishes articles that provide insight into the divergent areas of health law. Advance Directive allows health law students to write short articles regarding current health law topics, which are often at the crux of debate amongst legislators, practitioners, and academics.


8:30-9:00am: Registration

9:00-9:10am: Welcome and Introduction

  • Michael Kaufman, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • Lawrence Singer, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

9:10-10:15am: Featured Address


  • Tom Dart, Cook County Sheriff
  • Jennifer Safstrom, American Civil Liberties Union & Jacqueline Safstrom, Integral Global Consulting
    • “The Health and Legal Implications of Early Screening for Developmental Disabilities”
  • Bethany Corbin, Wake Forest University School of Law
    • “The Data Sharing Dilemma: Using Technology and Digital Health to Overcome Post-Release Health Care Barriers”
    • “Opportunities for Accessing Dental Care among Justice-Involved Populations to Support Reentry”
  • Eileen M. Ahlin, Penn State Harrisburg & Anne S. Douds, Gettysburg College

10:15-10:30am: Break

10:30-11:50am: Session 1 Using Health Care to Prevent Entrance and Lower Recidivism Rates

  • Jennifer Safstrom, American Civil Liberties Union & Jacqueline Safstrom, Integral Global Consulting
  • “The Health and Legal Implications of Early Screening for Developmental Disabilities”
  • Bethany Corbin, Wake Forest University School of Law
    • “The Data Sharing Dilemma: Using Technology and Digital Health to Overcome Post-Release Health Care Barriers”
    • “Opportunities for Accessing Dental Care among Justice-Involved Populations to Support Reentry”
  • Eileen M. Ahlin, Penn State Harrisburg & Anne S. Douds, Gettysburg College

11:50am-12:20pm: Break for Lunch

12:20-1:40pm: Session 2 Increasing Access to Treatment for Incarcerated Populations

  • Roberto Johansson, El Paso Children’s Hospital
    • “Caring for Migrant Children on the Border”
  • Cynthia Golembeski, Rutgers University School of Law and Public Administration
    • “Correctional Health Governance in U.S. State Prisons: Challenges and Opportunities”
    • “Leveraging Medicaid to Better Connect Justice-Involved Populations to Health Coverage and Care”
  • Kinda Serafi, Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, LLP

1:40-2:00pm: Break

2:00-3:00 Session 3 Constitutional Issues Relating to the Medical Treatment of Justice-Involved Populations

  • Robert Katz, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
    • “Hepatitis C Inmate Litigation: Using Prisoner Rights to Promote Public Health”
  • Kishor Dere, Indian Society of International Law [confirm position]
    • “Challenges to the 21st Century Abortion Jurisprudence of Refugee Females”
    • “Mental Health and the Constitution: How Incarceration Might Pave the Way to Treatment”
  • Artem Joukov, University of Southern California

3:00-3:15pm: Closing Remarks & Reflections

*Session 1 and 3 are broken down by time as follows: 5-minute introductions, 20 minutes per speaker and 15 minutes moderated Q & A

Speaker Biographies

Eileen Ahlin is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice in the School of Public Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg. Her teaching and research interests include corrections, violence, criminological theory, and racial and social justice. Dr. Ahlin was named a 2016 W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow by the National Institute of Justice to expand her work on risk and protective factors associated with exposure to community violence and violent behaviors to examine residential mobility among racial/ethnic minority and immigrant youth. She is co-author of The Veterans Treatment Court Movement: Striving to Serve Those Who Served (2019, Routledge) andRethinking America’s Correctional Policies: Commonsense Choices from Uncommon Voices (2017, Lexington). Her recent research appears in journals such as Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Aggression and Violent Behavior, Race and Justice: An International Journal, and The Prison Journal.     

Bethany Corbin is the Director of the Master of Studies in Law program at Wake Forest University School of Law, and an enthusiastic professor on health care law and policy, privacy and emerging technologies, administrative law, and torts. She received her LL.M. in Health Law from Loyola University of Chicago and her J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law. Bethany is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US), and is Certified in Healthcare Compliance and Healthcare Privacy Compliance. She currently focuses her scholarship on the intersection of health care and technology, with a particular emphasis on digital health, the Internet of Medical Things, and medical devices.

Kishor Dere is a Visiting Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law, Health Law, and Refugee Law, New Delhi, India. He has academic training in computer science, political science, international relations, philosophy and law. He has earned doctorates in international relations, philosophy and law.

Anne Douds is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Gettysburg College, where she also is the Faculty Lead for the Eisenhower Institute’s Women and Leadership Program. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Duke University, her law degree from Emory University School of Law, and her PhD in justice policy from Georgia Mason University. She teaches public policymaking, policy analysis, program evaluation, and the capstone public policy experience. Prior to joining the Gettysburg College faculty, she was a trial lawyer and a policy consultant. Her trial practice in Georgia, where she is still licensed, focused largely on civil rights and plaintiffs’ litigation. Her recent consulting work includes specialized court evaluations, victim advocacy program evaluations, and prison education program evaluations. Dr. Douds has published several pieces on correctional health care and access to justice. One of her books, Rethinking American Correctional Policies: Commonsense Choices from Uncommon Voices (2017), focuses several chapters on prison medical and dental care, as well as end of life issues. She also recently published The Veterans Treatment Court Movement (2019) with Dr. Ahlin, and her third book with Dr. Ahlin on specialized courts is due for publication in 2021. Her latest research focuses on due process concerns implicated by emerging victims’ rights laws, prison health care, and court-based mentoring programs. 

Cynthia Golembeski is a JD/PhD student in the School of Public Affairs and Administration and non-tenure track faculty member with the New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons Consortium (NJ-STEP) at Rutgers University–Newark. She has collaborated on health equity and criminal justice reform initiatives to achieve advocacy, policy, research, and service objectives for governmental agencies, academic institutions, and NGOs. She is a former USAID Research and Innovation fellow and a Fulbright grantee to South Africa. She is currently a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar and a Center on Law, Inequality and Metropolitan Equity Fellow. She is also Vice President of the New Jersey Public Health Association. Research interests include: Criminal justice and health policy and management; Equity and the politics of poverty and equality; Nonprofit management and philanthropy; Law and society; Ethics; and Citizen-state interactions.

Roberto Johansson is board certified in general pediatrics and pediatric critical care. Presently, he is an attending at El Paso Children's Hospital. He is a clinical associate professor of pediatrics at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Johansson was born and raised in New Orleans, LA. He enlisted in the US Army after high school and after serving 6 years; he attended Yale University earning a BS Degree in Biological Chemistry and Mathematics. He earned a MD and a Ph.D in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University in New York. He completed his pediatric residency at Children's Hospital of New York at Columbia University followed by a fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine at Cornell University. The American Society for Microbiology has awarded him an ICAAC Young Investigator Award and in 1998 he was awarded an NIH Fogarty Fellowship for Influenza Research. He is the author of 103 peer reviewed scientific articles and is currently funded by Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Agency to study influenza virus. He was also part of the Child Advocacy Commission in New York State for 20 years. Johansson, affectionately known as Dr. Bert- is noted for employing child's play and humor as one method for evaluating his patients. He enjoys mentoring young people interested in science and medicine, especially disadvantaged students. He speaks to groups all over El Paso County in the hope that he will encourage a few students to continue their educations.

Artem Joukov has served as a state prosecutor both in Alabama and in Florida. He is currently a Finance and Business Economics Ph.D. Student at the University of Southern California. He received his Master of Business Administration from Florida State University in 2018 and received his Juris Doctorcum laude, from the University of Alabama School of Law in 2014. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and History, magna cum laude, with a minor in Philosophy, from Birmingham-Southern College in 2012.

Robert Katz teaches courses on the law of nonprofit and healthcare organizations, trusts and estates, the First Amendment, and law and religion.  He is co-counsel in Stafford v. Carter, a federal class action that seeks to compel the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) to treat inmates who are chronically infected with the hepatitis C virus.  Professor Katz received his bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Harvard College and his Juris Doctor with honors from the University of Chicago Law School. He clerked for the Honorable Stephen G. Breyer, formerly Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Prior to his appointment at IU McKinney, he served as a Bigelow Teaching Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Division, and the executive director of a charitable foundation.

Jacqueline Safstrom received her Master of Public Health (MPH), with a concentration in Epidemiology, in May 2018 from the University of Miami (UM). She also received her B.S. of Public Health and B.A. in Religion and Healthcare from the same institution in May 2017. Jackie currently serves as the Program Manager for Global Health at Integral Global Consulting (IGC), based in Atlanta, GA. IGC focuses on implementing public health initiatives in the Middle East and Asia. Some of her experiences include creating action plans, workforce development, laboratory quality assurance, data collection and analysis, as well as monitoring and evaluating programs. Jackie previously worked at the Florida Department of Health’s HIV/STD Sector to provide community education sessions, screenings, counseling, treatment support, and partner notification services. At the Department, Jackie conducted a community health assessment in Miami-Dade County to identify barriers to care, collaborate with stakeholders, and develop goals. Her MPH capstone project focused on the feasibility and acceptability of a condom distribution program which aimed at reducing STI and HIV rates.

Jennifer Safstrom has served as the Dunn Legal Fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia since September 2018. She earned her B.A. in International Studies from the University of Miami in 2011. She received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2018, where she served as Editor in Chief of the Georgetown Journal of Law & Modern Critical Race Perspectives, Employer Outreach Chair for the Latin American Law Student Association, and member of the Appellate Litigation Clinic. Her legal scholarship has been published in the Georgetown Law Journal, Yale Journal of Law & Feminism, Harvard Latinx Law Review, Barry Law Review, and Georgetown Immigration Law Journal. 

Kinda Serafi is a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, where she advises clients on the legal, policy and operational challenges of the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Marketplaces, and payment and delivery reform. Prior to joining Manatt, Kinda served as the director of policy of the Children’s Defense Fund in New York, where she focused on developing strategies to secure the passage of legislation to simplify rules for a public health insurance program and to expand eligibility levels. She also worked for two years as the director of legal advocacy and organizing at the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, where she launched and supervised a multidisciplinary civil legal services department. Earlier in her career, Kinda was a law guardian at the Legal Aid Society, where she represented abused and neglected children in all aspects of litigation in Bronx Family Court. She also served as the deputy director of programs and policy for the CDF in Washington, D.C..