Health Law Scholar: Paige Baum '21

Paige was inspired by NUSL’s esteemed health law faculty and was particularly excited by last year’s annual health law and policy conference “Between Complacency and Panic: Legal, Ethical and Policy Responses to Emerging Infectious Diseases.” 

Now in her first year at NUSL, Paige has been fortunate to work on a health related project in her Legal Skills in a Social Context course. In this course, with fourteen other first year law students, she has researched state and federal laws impacting sexual and reproductive education. Together the first year “law office” created a legal guide for expansion of services in “abstinence-only” states.

She also uses her public health background to inform her work as a student advocate with the Domestic Violence Institute Legal Assistance program. 

Outside of school, she volunteers her time teaching computer classes to Spanish speaking senior citizens in Roxbury as part of a social support and mental health initiative. 

She looks forward to this year’s annual conference and upper level classes with a health law focus. As an upper level student, she intends to apply to the Public Health Law clinic and pursue global health co-ops. 

After graduation Paige hopes to use a legal/scientific interdisciplinary lens to help shape international human rights based health law and policy. 

Before coming to Northeastern, Paige earned her MPH in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases from the Yale School of Public Health. While at Yale, she worked as a research assistant at the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy and was a student fellow with the Global Health Justice Partnership at Yale Law School. She researched Medical Legal Partnerships, Reproductive Rights in the time of Zika, Ebola Quarantine Laws, and Eco-epidemiology of Rat Borne illnesses in Brazilian Favelas.  Prior to graduate school she served two years as a Municipal School Health Coordinator with the Peace Corps in Guatemala. She earned her undergraduate degrees in Microbiology and Anthropology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. As an undergraduate she completed an interdisciplinary honors thesis on social, biological, and cultural factors affecting Chagas’ disease transmission in the Ecuadorian Andes.