Shannon Jones

The Inspiration

The Project

Rachael Knight is the legal director of the Family Advocacy Program, a medical-legal partnership of the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County and the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. Through multi-disciplinary collaboration between medical professionals and patient families, the Family Advocacy Program addresses health disparities for low-income children by using legal advocacy to remove non-medical barriers to children’s health, educating medical providers about patient families’ legal rights and developing a legal services model in which attorneys and physicians work together to advocate for systemic change.

The Inspiration

The Inspiration

The Inspiration

The Inspiration

The Inspiration

The Inspiration

The Project

Maureen proposed a partnership between Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, a non-profit legal aid organization, and the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The partnership linked attorneys with health care professionals and teachers to allow them to band together to advocate for their patients who needed services and to provide educational materials and training for the families of children who have disabilities.

What’s Next

Maureen van Stone currently serves as the director of the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute and the director of Project HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Law), a MCDD community-based program.

Media

Kennedy Krieger Institute Appoints Maureen van Stone as Director of the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities

Project HEAL helps families navigate the disabilities maze

Changing Lives Through Medical-Legal Partnerships