Grant Awarded to AccessHealth for Medical Legal Partnership
AccessHealth received a grant from the Texas Bar Foundation for their Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) Outreach program. Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $25 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation's largest charitably funded bar foundation.
AccessHealth acknowledges that health-related social needs, such as food insecurity, transportation, and legal issues, have a significant impact on patients' health and wellbeing. The organization is committed to addressing the social needs of its patients by establishing a Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) with legal service organizations. The MLP enables AccessHealth to address these factors that negatively affect patients' lives.
This grant will provide AccessHealth with personnel resources for this specific project. A Community Health Worker (CHW) will be trained on legal issues to coordinate the project and connect patients with legal services. The CHW will collaborate with local lawyers who specialize in areas such as civil, custody, immigration, and housing, and create a mini legal education series. This grant will expand the range of quality legal services and referrals available to low-income health center patients to address their health harming legal needs.
AccessHealth is a 501(c)(3) Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) System that has been offering comprehensive health care services regardless of ability to pay to all individuals and families with a special emphasis on the low-income populations of Fort Bend and Waller Counties since 1975. AccessHealth is dedicated to excellence in providing integrated health care services to improve the quality of life in the communities it serves. Our dedicated group of health care providers work together to ensure that every patient receives high quality, comprehensive and affordable health care.