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Daphne Wilson

2017, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Daphne Wilson

Daphne Wilson

Name of Host Organization: Texas Legal Services Center
City, State: Austin, Texas
Issue area: Health Care/Medical-Legal Partnership
Sponsors: Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Texas Access to Justice Foundation

The Project

Introduce a legal checkup to specifically and systematically address the legal needs of underserved pregnant and non-pregnant patients of the new Center for Women’s Health and their families.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
Although medical-legal partnerships have been shown to be effective at reducing the impact of health-harming legal issues, women have acute legal needs that may not be readily ascertainable through the traditional MLP model. Moreover, unmet legal needs for pregnant women can be especially harmful, as legal stress alone can be toxic to a woman and baby before, during, and after pregnancy.
The Right Person For This Project

Daphne is the right person for the project because:
• She is a committed public service professional who has a demonstrated interest in using law and advocacy as tools to advance the public health interests of the underserved
• As a graduate of Emory University’s JD/MPH dual degree program, her interdisciplinary education will be an asset to the project
• As a Texas native, she desires to invest her time improving population health in her home state

Plans For First Six Months of Fellowship

n the first six months, Daphne will:
• Complete needs assessments of patients, providers, and staff to determine relevant issues to include in legal checkup appointments
• Design provider and patient training modules for each checkup
• Complete focus groups on checkup plan and modify as appropriate
• Create system to evaluate legal checkup efficacy
• Recruit pro bono attorneys to provide services for anticipated extensive services that cannot be met through existing relationships