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June 10, 2013

Aila Hoss ’12 Selected as ORISE Public Health Law Fellow

Aila Hoss '12 recently was selected as an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Public Health Law Fellow. Working with the Public Health Law Program, she will serve as a visiting attorney at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. She will focus on conducting research into laws related to public health issues, more specifically issues related to CDC's "Winnable Battles." 

"I am most looking forward to working side-by-side with other public health attorneys," said Hoss. "This is the first opportunity I will have to work with lawyers focused exclusively on advancing public health."

Her interest in public health stems from the idea that health impacts and affects everyone.

"I see public health as a social justice issue; certain groups of people around the world are disproportionately burdened by health issues," said Hoss. "I want to help address these disparities through a legal framework."

While at Oregon Law, Hoss crafted her own health law curriculum by selecting research and writing courses that allowed her to tailor her projects. One project, completed for Tribal Courts and Tribal Law, served as the basis of her presentation at the Public Health Law conference in Oct. 2012. "Oregon Law helped me develop extensive research and writing skills and offered me the opportunities to explore my interests."

Previously, Hoss interned at a local health nonprofit made possible by an Oregon Law Students Public Interest Fund stipend. Her current fellowship will run through Sept. 30.

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