Address legal issues affecting low-income individuals’ health through the Health Law Clinic
As a participant in the Health Law Clinic, you work alongside health care practitioners, conducting patient intake interviews and representing those patients on legal matters related to their health care conditions. This clinic is offered in the Spring.
Students who have taken the new course, Law and Community Health, will be given preference for participation in the clinic. Law and Community Health will cover the relationship between socioeconomic determinants of health, the provision of health care, and the law, will be given preference.
United Family Medicine Medical-Legal Partnership
The Health Law Clinic is made possible by a medical-legal partnership between Mitchell Hamline’s Health Law Institute and United Family Medicine, a community-based clinic providing comprehensive, patient-centered primary care to low-income and medically underserved residents in Saint Paul. Medical-legal partnerships are a growing national movement in which lawyers and medical providers collaborate as an integrated team to address the needs of low-income patients, whose unmet legal needs keep them from getting and staying healthy. Medical-legal partnerships also work at a systemic level to help health care providers develop strategies to improve the provision of health and legal services and advocate for legislative and policy changes that will remove legal barriers to improved public health. There are only 34 law schools participating in medical-legal partnerships nationwide.
News and Updates from the Clinic
- On November 12th, the Clinic students and faculty tabled at the Citizen/Naturalization Information Fair in St. Paul – they spoke briefly about eligibility for N-648 Disability Waiver (waiving English and US History and Civics test) for citizenship applicants. Clinic student Sarah Nation prepared an info sheet for the community on N-648 Disability Waivers.
- On November 9th, the Clinic held a legal information event for the Ukrainian community in Minneapolis. The students and faculty spoke at this event together with Laura Melnick, attorney in the SMRLS Economic Justice Unit, to advise on eligibility for means tested public benefits for Ukrainians who recently arrived in the U.S. depending on their current immigration status. I attended this event with Kelsi Nusbaum and Jayashree Venkateswaran prepared an information sheet on Ukrainian eligibility for means tested benefits.
- On April 3rd, 2022, two students in the Health Law Clinic course presented at United Family Medicine on a training session on how to prepare the N-648 disability waiver form to waive the required English and US history and civics test when applying for citizenship through naturalization.
- Medical-Legal Partnership receives Ramsey County Public Health Award, April 4, 2018
- Health law clinic guides patients through broad legal hurdles, MPR News, May 2, 2018