Belleville/November 3, 2016 - “Justice
and health partnerships have the potential to reshape how we
practice law and medicine. By working collaboratively with local
healthcare providers we can improve access to our free legal
services, stop legal problems from escalating to a crisis point, and
improve the health and well-being of low income individuals who need
legal care,” says Community Advocacy & Legal Centre (CALC) lawyer,
Lisa Turik. “We are excited to share what we’ve learned with our
community members, and we look forward to their input as we enter
into the second phase of the project.”
highlighting the success of their new and innovative Justice &
Health Partnerships project at a public forum on November 17, 2016.
Sparked by recent research which shows that unresolved legal issues
are linked to poor health outcomes, CALC has been working closely
with health care providers in Hastings, Prince Edward and Lennox &
Addington counties. The project focusses on building legal awareness
and literacy, increasing access to legal services, reducing health
disparities and improving health outcomes.
November 17, CALC will be joined by speakers to talk about the
potential for justice and health collaborations to create real
changes in the lives of low income clients. The speakers will
include Carol Kolga of the World Health Innovation Network (Odette
School of Business, University of Windsor) and Johanna Macdonald of
ARCH Disability Law Centre, St. Michael’s Hospital Health Justice
experiences have shown us that our idea is working,” says Turik.
“Many people can’t spot legal issues in their own lives, or don’t
know how to take action. But when things get rough, they often end
up at the doctor’s office. By working with doctors and nurse
practitioners, we are able to get to these people early and offer
the legal care they need to be healthy.”
The forum, “Prescribing Legal Health: Support Early Intervention to
Improve Health Outcomes” will be held in Belleville on Thursday,
November 17 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
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