"...to serve as a public resource on selected healthcare legal issues." -AHLA Mission Statement
AHLA is dedicated to bettering the communities in which we work and reside. Our ongoing communication and health education efforts inform both the lay and healthcare communities in order to better understand health law issues and prepare for difficult situations, ultimately leading to better care and planning for patients and their communities.
AHLA fulfills this Public Interest commitment - giving back to the lay and healthcare communities - mainly through four types of activities:
- Public Interest Series - AHLA's library of free reader- and user-friendly checklists, toolkits, guidebooks, and audio-visual resources educates community leaders, non-attorneys, primary caretakers, social workers, healthcare providers, emergency preparedness teams and family members on how best to prepare and/or respond to a an emergency and/or challenging health crisis or situation. View all of our resources to your right.
- Public Interest Convener Sessions - Our nonpartisan expert panel convener sessions provide a neutral forum for the frank and candid exchange of views and analyses among invited experts on select healthcare policy issues that have a clear legal nexus. Timely and informative white papers often result from these convener sessions. These sessions also underscore the AHLA's intention to promote a better understanding of healthcare issues and to encourage constructive dialogue among all affected members of the industry, government, academia, and the lay community.
- Public Interest Webinars - One-hour webinars on health policy issues provide a convenient means through which anyone can receive a quick orientation to a major policy issue. Past webinars have covered emergency preparedness for hospitals and understanding the importance of medical advance directives.
- Pro Bono - DO GOOD - Resources, educational materials and networking information for health lawyers doing and seeking opportunities to do pro bono legal work. AHLA member lawyers who provide significant pro bono legal services in the healthcare/health law field are recognized annually through the AHLA Pro Bono Champions program.
Summer 2012 Public Interest Newsletter
AHLA Secures Contribution from the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management
AHLA's Public Interest Committee has secured a $45,000 contribution from ASHRM to support a research project that will address the unique issues arising from EHR implementation. Read the press release for more information.