Carrie Graf

  • Hosted by Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid
  • Sponsored by Leonard, Street and Deinard, The Family of Hyman Edelman
  • Service location Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Law school University of Minnesota Law School
  • Issue area Medical-Legal Partnership
  • Fellowship class year 2013
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

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.

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.

Fellowship Highlights

During her Fellowship, Carrie has:

  • Established a Medical-Legal Partnership through which over 500 patients have been referred
  • Presented 12 trainings for the Whitter medical providers on legal issues affecting their patients, including: employment law, housing law, and immigration law
  • Represented or referred to Legal Aid for representation cases that have resulted, among other things, in improved immigration status, access to health insurance, improved housing conditions, state-wide improvements to access to food benefits, and safer conditions for victims of domestic violence
  • Started two ongoing bi-monthly pro bono workshops for clinic patients: a DACA renewal workshop and an eviction expungement workshop

Where are they now?

Now that the Fellowship is complete, Carrie will continue running the medical-legal partnership which has received a guarantee of at least two years further funding.

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