Medha D. MakhloufAugust 2022 — On August 23, 2022, Professor Medha Makhlouf will present her draft article, “Interagency Dynamics in Matters of Health and Immigration,” at the “Health Law Beyond Health Law” workshop, sponsored by the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Bioethics, and Biotechnology at Harvard Law School.

The article explores the relationship and shared responsibilities between two different agencies: the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In it, Professor Makhlouf explains how coordination in policymaking between agencies with different types of expertise can be very helpful for solving complex problems, but that conflicts arising from agencies’ differing missions can be difficult to overcome. The article is one of several that Professor Makhlouf has published that analyze issues at the intersection of health law and immigration law. The article is slated to be published in the Boston University Law Review in 2023.

The “Health Law Beyond Health Law” workshop is a new, occasional Zoom workshop that seeks to facilitate connections and cross-pollination between health law and other fields. Sharon Jacobs of Berkeley Law will provide commentary and Matthew Lawrence of Emory Law will host the event.

Professor Medha D. Makhlouf is an Associate Professor and Founding Director of the Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic at Penn State Dickinson Law. She has a joint appointment in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Penn State College of Medicine. Professor Makhlouf’s research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of health law, immigrants’ rights, and poverty law and policy. Her recent scholarship has been published in the New York University Law Review, the California Law Review Online, and the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law & Ethics. Professor Makhlouf’s work is available at