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2018 Theodore R LeBlang Distinguished Lecture

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 -
8:00am to 9:00am


Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation 1A


“Using the Law to Tackle the Opioid Crisis” by Rebecca Haffajee JD, PhD, MPH

Dr. Rebecca L. Haffajee is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan School of Public Health. She received her law degree from Harvard Law School and a Masters in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health in 2006. She practiced as a health care associate in the law firm of Ropes & Gray LLP from 2006-2009, where she advised domestic health care providers on regulatory compliance and reimbursement matters. From 2009-2010, she served as a Law Fellow at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center. Before coming to the University of Michigan, she completed her PhD in Health Policy with a concentration in Evaluative Science and Statistics at Harvard University in 2016.

Applying sophisticated analytical methods from econometrics, epidemiology, and public health law research, Dr. Haffajee’s work combines detailed legal analysis with empirical investigations of the relationships between law and health. She is particularly interested in advancing methods used to create cross-jurisdictional legal datasets, based on careful consideration of meaningful law features, which can then be merged into longitudinal empirical health law analyses. Substantively, she specializes in evaluating the effects of behavioral health and pharmaceutical policies. For example, recent studies examine the effects of mental health and substance abuse parity laws on treatment and health outcomes, and the impacts of state prescription drug monitoring programs on prescription drug misuse and overdose. Her work has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. 


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