Donis Barnes

  • Hosted by Land of Lincoln Legal Aid, Inc.
  • Service location Champaign, Illinois
  • Law school University of Illinois College of Law
  • Issue area Disability Rights, Medical-Legal Partnership, Veterans' Rights
  • Fellowship class year 2012
  • Program AmeriCorps Fellows Program

The Project

The project works with Carle Hospital and clinics and the local VA to address legal issues that affect patients’ health care. We are able to eliminate some of the financial stresses that affect health, such as medical debt and a lack of health insurance, and we also assist with other legal issues, such as evictions, advanced directives, and family matters. Furthermore, it involves working with hospital and clinic doctors and staff to help identify common community problems that affect health and can be dealt with by the legal system, through a program of referrals.

I wanted to help people live healthier lives, and this requires an understanding of problems faced by the low-income population, so the health care system can become more proactive and less reactive.

Donis Barnes /
2012 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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