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Denise Snow
Snow, Denise
Clinical Associate Professor
Undergraduate Studies

Email: denise.snow@stonybrook.edu
Phone: 631-444-8065
Office: 2-198

Denise Snow JD, RN is Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and primarily teaches health care policy, and population/community courses in the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs and she is an attorney in private practice with a focus on assisting those with their health related legal needs.  Ms. Snow completed her Juris Doctorate degree from Touro Law School, a Masters degree from Stony Brook University and a Certificate of Midwifery from the State University of New York at Downstate. Upon admission to the New York State Bar, Second Department, she was chosen to lead the innovative Permanency Legal Assistance Needs (PLAN) Project, a New York State Department of Health public interest program that provides free legal assistance to low income individuals with cancer on Long Island. She was instrumental in forming the first officially designated Medical Legal Partnership (MLP) on Long Island with the Stony Brook University Hospital Palliative Care team. The MLP successfully assisted many seriously ill patients with the medical-legal needs.  Ms. Snow’s current legal experience is in private practice assisting those with chronic illness in accessing home and nursing home care. 

 Ms. Snow is the former Co-Chair of the Suffolk County Bar Association Health and Hospital Law Committee. She is  a board member of RSVP Suffolk.  She served as Chair of the Insurance Committee of the Suffolk County Minority Health Action Coalition and as a board member of the National Perinatal Association. She has written peer reviewed articles on Health Policy, Insurance related issues for breast cancer patients and Medical Legal Partnerships. She has authored textbook chapters on palliative care, prenatal care and on health care policy. She has received leadership awards from both Sigma Theta Tau and from the Bar Association. Ms. Snow is a frequent presenter on advocacy needs of the seriously ill and is recognized for her contributions to reducing the stresses of social determinants of health and promotion of social justice in health care.


Selected Publications


Peer Reviewed:

Snow D, “Barriers to a Healthy Diet” (2018) MCN The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing; 43:293.

Snow D, “Iron Adequacy During Pregnancy” (2018) MCN The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing; 43:173.


Snow D, “Nutrition for the Family, Vegetarian Diet During Pregnancy: Making Sure Vitamin B12 Intake is Adequate” (2018) MCN The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing; 43:53.


Snow D, “Nutrition for the Family, Vegetarian Diet During Pregnancy: Assessment and Support” (2017) MCN

The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing; 42:297.

Hallarman L, Snow D, Brown C, Kapoor M, Rodabaugh K, Lawton E. "Blueprint for Success: Translating Innovations from the Field of Palliative Medicine to the Medical-Legal Partnership", The Journal of Legal Medicine, Spring 2014.


Hallarman L, Snow D “The Medical-Legal Partnership: An Alliance between Doctors and Lawyers in the Care of the Patient-Clients with Advanced Life-Limiting Illness” Health Law Journal, New York State Bar Association, Winter 2012.


Hallarman L, Snow D, “The Medical-Legal Partnership” Journal of Palliative Care Medicine, 15 (1), January 2012.


Klimmek R, Snow D, “Insurance Related Challenges Faced by Managed Care Enrollees with Breast Cancer" The Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing. October 2010.


Snow D, “WHO: the Health and Human Rights Relationship”, Canadian Journal of Midwifery Research and Practice, Spring 2005


Other publications:

Snow D, “Health Insurance Denials: External Appeals”, The Suffolk Lawyer, The Official Publication of the Suffolk Bar Association; April, 35 (4) 2020.

Snow, D “Supplemental Needs Trust” The Suffolk Lawyer, the Official Publication of the Suffolk County Bar Association, 29(7) April 2014


Bingham P, Snow D “The Financialization of Higher Education”, University Senate 2011.

D Snow, V Cunningham, N Rouhana, A Manual for Preceptors 2007 (sponsored by a grant from Robert Wood Johnson).


Textbooks (Chapters):

Snow D, LaSala M, “Family Stress”, Palliative Care for the Physician’s Assistant ,Oxford  Press 2021.

Johnson P, Jensen L, Snow D Fetal Well-Being Chapter: Maternal- Newborn Nursing & Women’s Health Care. 7th Edition. Olds, London, Ladewig 2002


Snow D, Laffin M, Policy, Politics, Legislation, and Community Health Nursing. Community Health Nursing 4th Edition, W.B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia. 2006.




2022 “Guardianship” National Center for Equitable Care for Elders, Harvard School of Dental Medicine

2021 “External Appeals” Suffolk County Bar Association, Elder Law Section

2020 “ Supporting Family Caregivers of Older Adults with Dementia” National Center for Equitable Care for Elders,

Harvard School of Dental Medicine

2018 “Advance Directives” HRSA National WebEx Harvard School of Dental Medicine

2018 “End of Life Decisions-speaking with your patients” HRSA National WebEx Harvard School of Dental


2017 “Guarded Prognosis: Attorney-Generated Written Advance Directives” Ethics on End of Life Conference

Stony Brook Medicine

2016 “Leveraging Community Partnerships to Mitigate Social Determinants in Palliative Care, 21 st International Congress Palliative Care, Montreal Canada

2014 Snow D, Fouassier J,  “Effects of the Affordable Care Act and Health Exchanges” Continuing Legal Education Suffolk County Bar Association, Hauppauge, NY


2013 Snow D, Daniels M, "Cancer Prevention and Control" Making a Difference across Communities Putting the State Plan into Action, New York State Department of Health, Albany, NY


2013 Snow D, Hallarman L,  “The Family Decisions Act” Symposium on Palliative Care in the Emergency Department, North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, NY


 2013 Snow D, Hallarman L,  “Applying the MLP Model in Special Populations: Palliative Care and Veterans” National Center for Medical Legal Partnerships, Bethesda, MD


2013 Snow D, Hallarman L,  “The Palliative Care Medical-Legal Partnership "Center to Advance Palliative Care National Webinar


2012 Snow D, Hallarman L  “The Medical-Legal Partnership: an Innovative Model to Relieve Medical-legal Suffering in Hospitalized Patient with Advanced Cancer”. Podium presentation Annual Assembly of Association of Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine, Denver, CO


2012 Snow D,  “Nurses and Attorney Partners: Advocating for Patients” Nursing Grand Rounds, New York Presbyterian NY, NY 


2009Snow D, Fouassier J  “Representing Clients Who Are Patients, Medical Debt” Continuing Legal Education Suffolk County Bar Association, Hauppauge, NY