Deadline: Open until filled

Gretchen Gaskill

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Job Description

The National Health Law Program protects and advances the health rights of low income and underserved individuals. The oldest non-profit of its kind, NHeLP advocates, educates and litigates at the federal and state levels. Our offices (in Los Angeles, Washington DC, and Carrboro, North Carolina) manage a broad array of national, state, and local advocacy efforts, ranging from complex analyses of federal and state laws, policy advocacy, litigation, continuing legal education, and individual technical support. We work with lawyers and advocates, community-based entities, federal and state policy makers, health care providers, and clients to address the needs of underserved people.

We are seeking two full-time health law fellows to be based in the Los Angeles, CA office. The fellow will provide general legal and policy support, with an emphasis on improving access to care for individuals, particularly underserved individuals, at risk of unintentional overdose.

The ideal candidate will have strong research and writing skills, familiarity with the Medicaid program and public health law, the ability to work individually and as a member of teams, and a demonstrated interest in using law to reduce disparities and improve health.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop analyses concerning legal and policy developments, legislation and regulations in the areas of overdose prevention, access to Medicaid services, and other issues in NHeLP’s priority areas;
  • Track legislative, administrative, and clinical developments relevant to access to overdose prevention and access to evidence-based treatment, particularly as it affects quality, client-centered care in and for low-income communities;
  • Develop and conduct presentations, publications, and trainings on topics related to state efforts to reduce prescription drug overdose, access to substance use disorder prevention and treatment, and access to pain care and treatment, particularly as it affects quality, client-centered care in and for low-income communities;
  • Respond to requests for legal and policy analysis from staff as well as external sources including state practitioners and policymakers.

Additional Qualifications

  • J.D. degree; MPH or related degree preferred but not required
  • Knowledge of health law, especially Medicaid and laws affecting the health rights of low-income and underserved individuals
  • Knowledge of public health law, particularly in the area of overdose prevention
  • Excellent writing ability
  • A high level of independence and initiative, good judgment, creativity, and a willingness to work with others  Commitment to NHeLP’s mission

To apply

Email (preferred) cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample in PDF format to Please specify in the subject line: Health Law Fellow Position - CA. Or mail to: 

Gretchen Gaskill 
National Health Law Program 
101 E. Weaver St. G-7 
Carrboro, NC 27510

NHeLP is committed to a diverse staff. People of color, women, people with disabilities, and LGBT persons are encouraged to apply.

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