Course Description

LAWS 7555
Poverty Health and Law Practicum
General Description:
Interdisciplinary class involving students in medical-legal partnerships (MLP). Readings introduce law students to substantive areas of health and poverty law, while introducing public health students to legal and policy advocacy on behalf of vulnerable populations. Students will work in MLP teams providing services to low-income patients to directly impact their social determinants of health by legal representation and public health advocacy. Students will also help to transform health care delivery model for low income patients by educating health care providers to identify social determinant issues and refer for legal and public health professionals. Legal services, provider education, and advocacy topics include the role of law and public health advocacy in addressing health disparities, standards of care for vulnerable populations, relationships between income, employment, housing, education, and health. Students will staff cases under the supervision of a Colorado Legal Services staff attorney or a pro bono attorney working on behalf of CLS, and will develop competency in community based advocacy, case planning, collaborative problem solving, cooperative decision-making, and client counseling.

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