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Melissa Salamon

2014, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Melissa Salamon

Melissa Salamon

Name of Host Organization: Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati
City, State: Hamilton, Ohio
Issue area: Health Care/Medical-Legal Partnership, Family Law
Sponsors: Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation

The Project

Melissa worked to strengthen and stabilize families and children using family and education advocacy to promote their health and well-being through an expansion of the Cincinnati Child Health-Law Partnership (Child HeLP) medical-legal partnership at the Fairfield Primary Pediatric Care Center (PPC).

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
Cincinnati has one of the highest child poverty rates in the country. Living in poverty puts children at risk of failing in school and experiencing behavioral issues. Too often, families living in these circumstances are unable to recognize how legal advocacy can help them achieve more stability and in any case how to access these resources. The expanded medical-legal partnership at the Fairfield PPC addresses the unmet needs of patients struggling with family and education law issues. When doctors refer patients to Child HeLP, legal advocacy helps to improve the mental and physical health and wellbeing of children and their families, increasing their chances of building more successful lives.