Name of Host Organization: Legal Aid of Arkansas
City, State: Little Rock, Arkansas
Issue area: Health Care/Medical-Legal Partnership
Sponsors: Walmart, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP
Krista is providing legal advocacy and outreach to low-income disabled children and their families at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) Hematology-Oncology clinic through a medical-legal partnership (MLP).
Need Addressed By Project
MLP is a critical component of family-centered care. Since legal detriments of health are among the most serious and solvable social barriers to patient health and well-being, and because it is unrealistic to supply an affordable lawyer for every patient, MLPs promote legal problem solving for the most vulnerable patients, including low-income children and their families, as a component of health care. The ACH Hematology-Oncology clinic is the primary clinic in Arkansas treating blood disorders and the only clinic in the state treating childhood cancer. With a continuing stream of patients, it is impossible for medical providers to identify and address every unmet legal need without a targeted screening system in place. Addressing these needs is significant to improving health.