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Civil Legal Aid Leaders Selected for Healthcare Fellowship

Thanks to generous support from the Public Welfare Foundation, the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (NCMLP) and the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) announced a new fellowship today designed to build healthcare expertise in the legal aid community.  Twenty-four senior level staff from legal aid agencies in 21 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico were selected as inaugural Fellows.  Click here for a list of Fellows.

“Legal needs related to housing, domestic violence and public benefits are inextricably linked to the health and well-being of low-income communities,” said Camille Holmes, Director for Leadership and Racial Equality at NLADA.   “For decades, civil legal aid offices have worked to improve housing conditions, protect utility access and appeal benefit denials.  But what has been missing is a concerted effort to align these services with the delivery of healthcare for the same populations.  This fellowship aims to remedy that.”

During the 10-month fellowship, a faculty of national experts in healthcare administration, policy, research and economics, will guide Fellows in activities designed to deepen their understanding of healthcare organization, financing and priorities. Fellows will learn to frame legal services in a healthcare context, build strong healthcare alliances, and use population health data effectively. The fellowship will culminate in a project with a local healthcare entity.

“Healthcare is evolving to recognize the value other professions can bring to the healthcare team” said Ellen Lawton, Co-Principal Investigator of NCMLP.  “Attorneys have critical expertise and skills to contribute to patient health and policy change, but the legal aid community has to transform the way it collects data and delivers care if it wants to be part of this changing landscape and ultimately help more individuals.  This fellowship will help build that expertise in these agencies from the top down.”