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Daphne McGee (Wilson)

  • Hosted by Texas Legal Services Center
  • Sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Texas Access to Justice Foundation
  • Service location Austin, Texas
  • Law school Emory University School of Law
  • Issue area Medical-Legal Partnership
  • Fellowship class year 2017
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Daphne introduced a legal checkup at the Austin Medical-Legal Partnership 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 in Central Texas.

People’s Community Clinic expanded to include the Center for Women’s Health (CWH) in April 2016. The CWH provides services to medically underserved women in Central Texas, including in the areas of prenatal care, family planning, well-woman, and other reproductive health needs. Medical care, however, is merely part of overall health and well-being. In fact, a 2015 study linked access to civil legal services to better community health. Although medical-legal partnerships have been shown to be effective in 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. This project improved health by addressing unmet legal needs through integration of scheduled legal services within CWH medical care.

Fellowship Highlights

In the past two years, Daphne has:

  • Provided full representation, advice, or referrals to over 200 patient-clients on matters including housing, public benefits, family law, and consumer law
  • Co-facilitated group prenatal visits for seven cohorts of patients, which included about 100 patients and their family members
  • Presented workshops and trainings to allies, partners, and other service providers on child support, child custody, adolescent confidentiality, and maternal mortality
  • Created a 10-part prenatal legal checkup video series, which is closed captioned and available in English and Spanish (found here: https://texaslawhelp.org/article/prenatal-legal-checkup)

Next Steps

Now that the Fellowship is complete, Daphne plans to continue providing legal services in a health care setting.

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