Susan Fleurant, J.D., M.P.H., is an Equal Justice Works Fellow and staff attorney for the Network for Public Health Law’s Mid-States Region Office. Before joining the Network, she practiced disability rights law. Susan has policy and advocacy experience and previously worked with the Network for three years as a law student. She received her law degree and Master of Public Health in Health Management and Policy from the University of Michigan and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Colby College. Susan is admitted to practice law in Minnesota.

Articles & Resources

Addressing Legal Obstacles to Hiring Formerly Incarcerated Individuals as Community Health Workers 

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January 24, 2024
by Colleen Healy Boufides and Susan Fleurant

People who are incarcerated have higher rates of chronic health conditions; these conditions tend to worsen upon their release, primarily due to barriers to accessing health care. Despite evidence that Community Health Workers (CHWs) with lived experience of incarceration can help to improve outcomes for individuals reentering their communities, significant barriers impede hiring them to provide direct client care. Attend this webinar to learn about the legal barriers to hiring CHWs with incarceration histories and opportunities for policy change. 

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Renewed Efforts to Address the Negative Impacts of Inequitable School Discipline

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September 14, 2023
by Susan Fleurant

Students of color, students with disabilities, boys — and particularly those at the intersection of these identities — continue to experience disproportionate rates of discipline. School discipline practices can impede child development, result in reduced instructional time, harm mental health, and increase involvement in the juvenile justice system, among other impacts on health and wellbeing. This year, federal and state agencies have announced renewed efforts to enforce students’ civil rights in school to address longstanding inequities.

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