J.D. 2002, University of Wisconsin Law School
M.P.A. 2002, La Follette School of Public Affairs
B.A. 1995, Wesleyan University
Sarah Davis is Clinical Professor of Law and Associate Director of the interdisciplinary Center for Patient Partnerships at the University of Wisconsin (housed at the Law School) where she teaches about patient advocacy, health and public health law, including in the service-learning program as supervising attorney. Areas of interest include health professionals' advocacy roles, engaging patients in quality improvement and policymaking, building professionals' resiliency skills, and medical and legal curriculum transformation. Ms. Davis is also the Assoc. Program Director for LIFT Dane, a collaborative initiative to increase economic prosperity in Dane County by streamlining access to justice through technology and reforming regressive court systems and policies.
Ms. Davis was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Faculty Fellow in the Future of Public Health Law Program (2014-15). As a RWJF faculty fellow, she piloted a practice-based elearning course to complement public health law externships in local and remote locations. It is described in her article: Educating the New Public Health Law Professional. Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 44, no. 1, Supp. (2016). She serves as the Legal Advisor for the Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project.
Her current scholarship includes developing an intervention to address health-harming legal issues in health clinics, and identifying dissemination and implementation barriers to engaging patients in continuous learning as part of health system quality improvement initiatives. Her study of law students' mindsets and the role it plays in professional development and well-being, was published in Law & Psychology Review (Spring 2018).
Publications include: Implementation Science Workshop: Engaging patients in Team-Based Practice Redesign-Critical Reflections on Program Design. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 2016:1-8; and The Affordable Care Act's Plan for Consumer Assistance With Insurance Moves States Forward But Remains A Work In Progress, Health Affairs, 32, no.2 (2013): 347-356.
The Center for Patient Partnerships, an interdisciplinary center of the Schools of Law, Medicine and Public Health, Nursing and Pharmacy, offers experiential patient advocacy education to students from those disciplines and others. The curriculum focuses on health advocacy, patient-centered care, and health systems change, offering a 12-credit certificate in Consumer Health Advocacy. The Center also infuses patients' voices into health systems reform, offering a critical link to health consumers' experiences. Learn more at www.patientpartnerships.org.
- Building an evidence-base for population health and health equity interventions
- Program implementation determinants to address health-harming legal issues
- Patient engagement in research and quality improvement efforts in health systems
- Law student professionalism and well-being
News & Media
Monday, Jul 1, 2019Sarah Davis and Marsha Mansfield comment on LIFT Dane's $1 million winning idea to raise net incomes of Dane County families
The Capital Times
Thursday, Feb 7, 2019Law School team advances in multi-state competition aimed at boosting middle class
Wednesday, Dec 19, 2018UW Law faculty advance to DreamUp Wisconsin finals
Tuesday, Dec 2, 2014Resilient lawyers: Teaching well-being in law school
Friday, Jun 13, 2014Sarah Davis discusses health insurance concerns for Wisconsin's newly wedded gay couples
Thursday, Feb 20, 2014Sarah Davis weighs in on the Affordable Care Act and health care access
Thursday, Nov 15, 2012Sarah Davis explains pros and cons of state healthcare exchanges
Monday, May 14, 2012Sarah Davis Discusses New Dual-Degree in Law and Public Health
Wisconsin Public Radio
- Consumer Law
- Health Law
- Health Law: Patient Advocacy
- Practice Skills
- Public Health Law