August 7, 2014
Attorney Joins SIU School of Medicine Medical Humanities Department
Carolyn Pointer, J.D., has joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine as an assistant professor of medical humanities. She will teach undergraduate and graduate medical students and build a medical-legal partnership with the Department of Family Medicine and Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation. Her research will focus on social determinants of health and how health-care providers can address those issues for their patients.
Medical-legal partnerships train medical providers to screen patients for legal issues impacting health outcomes, make appropriate referrals to community resources, and change systems to improve community health outcomes.
Pointer has worked with medical-legal partnerships at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, and Boston University Medical Center. As an attorney, she practiced law in Massachusetts and Virginia. Her litigation and policy work focused on improving legal and medical outcomes for low-income patients.
Pointer graduated from Boston University School of Law (2005), where she won the faculty award for community service, and from the Boston University School of Education (1996, cum laude). She was a high school history teacher prior to enrolling in law school. She lives in Springfield with her husband and three children.