College of Law > About > Centers & Institutes > Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute > Jaharis COVID-19 Response
The Jaharis health law faculty are public academics. Not only do they educate students, but they widely share their expertise and analysis on issues of international importance. Never was that job more important than now.
The devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt the lives of nearly all people and businesses, with the health care industry at the epicenter of the crisis. As the health care community faces unprecedented challenges in delivering care, DePaul College of Law in partnership with the American Health Law Association (AHLA) and dbase media produced a series of Public Service Announcement (PSA) videos to heighten awareness of the ever-shifting legal landscape in light of the coronavirus.
COVID-19: Health Law Disruption features narratives from AHLA authorities, including Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute Faculty Director Wendy Netter Epstein, current and former Jaharis fellows, and other legal experts from private practice, in house counsel and other industry sectors to discuss how health law has rapidly changed in response to the pandemic. Together, these videos offer a deep dive into pressing topics such as the current and future impact of new waivers; how rural and other providers are facing challenges with limited resources, supplies, staffing and capacity issues; and how long-term care facilities may minimize risk to patients and staff.
Wendy Netter Epstein, Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute
Valerie Gutmann Koch, Jaharis Faculty Fellow
Ana Santos Rutschman, Jaharis Faculty Fellow Alumna
The full PSA mini-series can be found on the Coronavirus Hub on AHLA's website and channels managed by dBase Media.
Alice Setrini is the Executive Director of the Jaharis Health Law Institute. She has experience collaborating with a wide range of medical partners engaging in multidisciplinary approaches to legal service delivery. She has lectured on using Medical-Legal Partnerships to address social determinants of health to improve health outcomes and address systemic barriers keeping people in poverty.
Professor Wendy Epstein is an expert in the financing and delivery of health care and has written about the dire need to preserve the ACA during this pandemic while 18 states are arguing to the Supreme Court that it should be struck down. She has also written about the need for states to adopt pandemic guidelines.
Commentary: Without Obamacare, the COVID-19 crisis would be much worse, Chicago Tribune (April 1, 2020) (with Christopher Robertson)
Professor Max Helveston is an expert in issues related to insurance, consumer protection and data privacy. Returning to the faculty full-time after serving as the associate dean of academic affairs and strategic initiative for the past three years, he has started work on several projects related to the commercialization of consumer health data, innovations in health care delivery and the regulation of the health insurance plans offered by large, self- insured employers. Additionally, he has begun working with Professor Wendy Epstein and legal scholars at other institutions on pieces addressing health equity issues during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Professor Sarnoff is an expert in the intersection between patent law and health law. He has written about how the COVID-19 public health crisis illustrates the need for our legal system to adopt a right to repair and supply products in emergencies.
Jaharis Fellow Valerie Koch is an expert in ventilator allocation policy, having worked on the issue for many years prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. She also writes more generally about crisis standards of care and medical malpractice liability.
Jaharis Fellow Alumna Ana Santos Rutschman is an expert in pandemics and vaccine innovation. She also has spoken at length about Missouri’s lawsuit suing China over COVID-19.