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Carrie Graf

2013, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Carrie Graf

Carrie Graf

Name of Host Organization: Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid
City, State: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Issue area: Health Care/Medical-Legal Partnership
Sponsors: Family of Hyman Edelman, Leonard Street & Deinard Professional Association

The Project

Carrie established a medical-legal partnership at the Hennepin County Medical Center’s Whittier Clinic in a neighborhood where one-third of families with children under 18 years old live in poverty. She provided legal services to Whittier Clinic patients whose health problems are rooted in socio-economic disparities.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
A 2010 study by the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation of Minnesota found that people living in the poorest neighborhoods of Minneapolis-St. Paul live up to 13 fewer years than people living in wealthy suburbs. To a large extent, the disparity is due to prevent¬able inequities, such as substandard living conditions and limited financial resources. For example, people become sick when land¬lords refuse to maintain residences to comply with building codes. Often, conditions contributing to poor health can be ameliorated with appropriate legal assistance.