Jessa Barnard

  • Hosted by Law Foundation of Silicon Valley
  • Sponsored by CIGNA Foundation, Jenner & Block LLP
  • Service location San Jose, CA, California
  • Issue area Medical-Legal Partnership
  • Fellowship class year 2008
  • Program AmeriCorps Fellows Program, Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

The goal of Jessa’s project was to promote health stability and increase access to justice for low-income adults with diabetes by providing holistic direct legal services, community education, and system advocacy. Additionally, Jessa provided representation and community education in the areas of disability and health benefits, housing rights, medical debt, employment, and insurance discrimination, and end-of-life planning. Jessa’s project operated as a medical-legal partnership with Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.

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