Health Law Scholars receive full-tuition scholarships based on their demonstrated interested in and commitment to pursuing careers in health policy and law. They are a special cohort of students affiliated with the Center and act as ambassadors for all health-related activities for the law school and university. Scholars help plan events, serve as mentors for incoming health law students, and often provide additional support as research and teaching assistants, among other things.

Catherine HouserHealth Law Scholar: Catherine Houser ’21 

Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Catherine Houser came to NUSL with diverse health policy experience. Notably, while working as a college intern at the US Department of Health and Human Services in the office of the assistant secretary for planning and evaluation, Catherine analyzed trends in LGBTQ community health and federally led initiatives to combat LGBTQ health disparities. During a college fellowship program, Catherine was a policy fellow at Sorenson Impact, researching and developing Pay for Success feasibility models for nonprofit organizations throughout the United States, specifically focusing on organizations that provide comprehensive, cross-collaborative mental health services. Both of these experiences led to her undergraduate thesis regarding the level of community involvement in evidence-based LGBTQ health policy development under the Obama administration.

After receiving her dual degree in health policy and international studies from the University of Utah, Catherine moved to Boston and dove head first into health law-related opportunities as a law student at Northeastern. During her 1L year, she served as a teaching assistant for Jennifer Huer, managing director of the Center for Health Law and Policy, for the undergraduate course, The American Health Care System. Catherine also researched and wrote a legal memo on the impact of predatory debt collection practices on a debtors’ health for the school’s first-year clinical program, Legal Skills in Social Context.

Currently, Catherine is on co-op with East Bay Community Law Center in Berkeley, California. In the organization’s health and welfare practice. Catherine represents clients in administrative law hearings regarding public benefits denials, case manages for HIV+ individuals with public benefits issues and aids transgender clients in changing their name and gender on government-issued identifications.

Catherine looks forward to taking upper level courses focusing on health law and participating in campus initiatives to further our community’s dedication to health law and relevant intersectional issues. Next fall, she will take assume leadership roles with two students organizations: she’ss serve as external relations chair for If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice and as internal/external relations CHAIR? for the Women’s Law Caucus.

After graduation, Catherine hopes to help the legislative fight for reproductive justice.

Health Law Scholar: Paige Baum '21

Paige Baum

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.