The Cleveland Clinic will receive donations totaling $8 million from Jones Day and the Jones Day Foundation to further support a healthier community. These donations will kick-start two new initiatives: a community health worker program to connect residents with community services, and a forensic partnership with the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland. Health care providers know that care and treatment provided by doctors and nurses represents only 20% of a person`s overall health. The social determinants of health – the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age – are the most important factors in a person`s health. Medico-legal partnerships incorporate the unique expertise of health facility lawyers to help clinicians, case managers and social workers address the structural issues that cause so many health inequalities. In letters of recommendation, representatives from the region commended the company for its steadfast, longstanding volunteer commitment to addressing the unhealthy legal needs of low-income families in central Massachusetts, including through the community legal aid medical-legal partnership with UMass Memorial Medical Center. Volunteer lawyers, law firms and corporate legal departments have improved the lives of individuals and families by developing, supporting and participating in Medical-Legal Partnerships (MLPs), an innovative model of legal service delivery that improves the lives of patients and builds healthier communities. At the Cleveland Clinic (since 2022), two lawyers and a paralegal work in pediatrics on the Cleveland Clinic`s main campus. During the pregnancy of her second child, Renee Appelmans (not her real name) spent four days in teaching hospitals due to illness. After being released, she tried to schedule a follow-up appointment, but discovered that her Medicaid had ended.

To make matters worse, the food aid she depended on to feed her family had also been cut. Fortunately, the University Hospital`s medical-legal partnership with legal aid quickly combined Renee with expert legal representation. A Legal Aid paralegal identified why Medicaid denied Renee additional coverage: the administration lacked some necessary information about her case. The paralegal worked with Cuyahoga County Job and Family Services (CCJFS) to get the necessary information and helped Renee get Medicaid again. Meanwhile, Renee spent months asking for food stamps again, only to be put on hold for hours without hearing a living person. Renee`s lawyer contacted the CCJFS and requested an expedited telephone interview for her client. Shortly thereafter, Renee was interviewed and received $194 in food assistance. In 2007, the ABA passed a resolution in favor of the medical-legal partnership. The resolution encourages advocacy members to work with the health community and social organizations to identify and resolve legal issues that harm health and well-being.

Following the adoption of the resolution, the ABA created the ABA MLP project to promote its commitment to the MLP. Like other specialists, lawyers advise health care providers. Her specialty is diagnosing legal barriers that prevent patients from achieving and maintaining good health. They also provide multiple levels of legal services to patients – from simple advice to full representation in litigious court proceedings. Qualified recipients include pro bono attorneys, law firms, and corporate law departments working with an existing or developing MLP location. Law societies, pro bono legal aid projects, law schools and other legal institutions whose members have collectively made an outstanding contribution to one or more of the criteria are also eligible. The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland created the first medical-legal partnership in Ohio and only the 4th in the United States when we formalized our program with MetroHealth in 2003. Today, medical-legal partnerships exist in 450 health organizations in 49 states and Washington DC.

Immediately after the referral, Legal Aid acknowledged that Shelly was entitled to Cleveland`s right to counsel at the shelter, and another Legal Aid lawyer began working on her case. The lawyer first helped Shelly fill out the correct paperwork to be covered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention`s federal moratorium on evictions, and helped Shelly with the complicated application for rent assistance funds. The legal aid lawyer received a letter from her son`s UH doctor in support of the application for rent assistance. Although the moratorium ended by the time the money arrived, Shelly`s owner accepted the money and did not ask for eviction despite noise concerns. Thanks to the collaboration between Legal Aid and UH, Shelly was able to keep a roof over her family while she looked for a new job. Thanks to the partnership #EskenaziHealth Medico-legal, Santé Eskenazi will be hosting a legal aid clinic starting at 11 a.m. today.