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Measuring The Health Impact Of Medical-Legal Interventions On Low-Income Patients, Medha D. Makhlouf, Valerie Zolezzi-Wyndham Nov 2014

Measuring The Health Impact Of Medical-Legal Interventions On Low-Income Patients, Medha D. Makhlouf, Valerie Zolezzi-Wyndham

Community Engagement and Research Symposia

Research shows that nearly all of the low-income people in the United States have at least one civil legal problem that negatively affects their health. Family Advocates of Central Massachusetts (FACM) is a medical-legal partnership that aims to improve the well-being of vulnerable families by helping patients address legal issues linked to health status, such as access to necessary public benefits, substandard housing, education issues, immigration status, and protection from abusive relationships. The partnership includes Community Legal Aid and its subsidiary, Central West Justice Center, and three medical partners: UMass Medical School, UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center, and Edward ...