University Hospitals, Benesch and Legal Aid create Medical-Legal Partnership

Monday, May 14, 2018
CLEVELAND - A major gift from the Benesch law firm for $550,000 will fund, for five years, the vital work of an attorney from The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland who will be based at University Hospitals (UH) Rainbow Center for Women & Children. Through this medical-legal partnership, the attorney will assist patients and families with civil legal guidance that impacts their health.
According to research studies, healthcare only determines 20 percent of overall health. Eighty percent of a population’s health is determined by social, economic, environmental and behavioral factors – the social determinants of health. UH is meeting this challenge through a new combination of medical care, integrated social programs and legal services, pioneered at the UH Rainbow Center for Women & Children that will open in July 2018 in Cleveland’s MidTown neighborhood.
“Some of our patients need assistance to remove legal barriers that impact their health outcomes, such as housing conditions, benefit and coverage assistance, and eviction prevention,” said Patti DePompei, RN, MSN, President, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s and MacDonald Women’s hospitals. “We are thrilled to partner with Benesch and Legal Aid to address these issues collaboratively.”

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