Five Minutes With Lindsey Vuolo
Welcome to Five Minutes With, where we take a few moments to better get to know the CASAColumbia staff. Today we’d like to introduce Lindsey Vuolo, J.D., M.P.H., Associate Director of Health Law and Policy.
What work do you do at CASAColumbia?
My work at the organization focuses on the intersection of the law and addiction prevention and treatment. Specifically, I focus on health care reform and examine how laws, regulations and policy promote or restrict access to addiction treatment in the health care system.
What inspired you to start doing this work?
I am really interested in access to health care and affordability. I want to help change the way we think about substance use and addiction treatment in health care and make it easier to access effective addiction treatment. While health care reform has increased access to care by expanding health insurance coverage for many people, the next step is making sure that people are getting adequate and effective health care. Treatment for addiction in the health care system is woefully inadequate and there are millions of people who are unable to access treatment.
What are you currently working on that you’re most excited about?
I am working on a new project to understand more about the origination of stigma and its influence on the laws governing treatment, specifically medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction, which is the use of medications combined with counseling and behavioral therapies. Unfortunately, stigma plays a large role in creating access barriers for this treatment.
If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
While I love my job at CASAColumbia, if I had not decided to go into health law and policy, I would be a yoga instructor.
Where is your favorite spot in New York City?
Brooklyn Bridge Park. I often run through there and the view of lower Manhattan never ceases to amaze me.