Can Access to a Medical-Legal Partnership Benefit Patients with Asthma Who Live in an Urban Community?

J. Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, Vol. 24, No. 2, 706-717 (2013)

Georgia State University College of Law, Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-19

13 Pages Posted: 7 Jun 2013 Last revised: 20 Aug 2013

Robert Pettignano

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Lisa Bliss

Georgia State University - College of Law

Sylvia Caley

Georgia State University College of Law

Susan McLaren

Georgia State University - Andrew Young School of Policy Studies

Date Written: June 5, 2013

Abstract

Approximately one in 10 children in the U.S. has a diagnosis of asthma. African American and low-income children are more likely to be diagnosed with asthma. They are more likely to suffer the worse outcomes because of low socioeconomic status and environmental exposures. A medical-legal partnership is an interdisciplinary collaboration between a medical entity such as a hospital or clinic and a legal entity such as a lawyer, law school, or legal aid society created to address barriers to health care access and limitations to well-being. Addressing the legal concerns of these patients can improve access to medical services, reduce family stress, and address legal concerns that contribute to poor health. The Health Law Partnership (HeLP) is one such medical-legal partnership that provides a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to health care. During the seven-year study period we found both financial ($501,209) and non-financial benefits attributable to interventions by the attorneys at HeLP.

Keywords: health law, medical-legal partnership, lawyers, poverty, low socioeconomic status, asthma, patients, urban, interdisciplinary, hospital, clinic

JEL Classification: I19, I39, K32, K39, K00, Z00

Suggested Citation

Pettignano, Robert and Bliss, Lisa and Caley, Sylvia and McLaren, Susan, Can Access to a Medical-Legal Partnership Benefit Patients with Asthma Who Live in an Urban Community? (June 5, 2013). J. Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, Vol. 24, No. 2, 706-717 (2013); Georgia State University College of Law, Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-19. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2274911

Robert Pettignano

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta ( email )

Atlanta, GA
United States

Lisa Bliss (Contact Author)

Georgia State University - College of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 4037
Atlanta, GA 30302-4037
United States

Sylvia Caley

Georgia State University College of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 4037
Atlanta, GA 30302-4037
United States

Susan McLaren

Georgia State University - Andrew Young School of Policy Studies ( email )

Department of Economics
35 Broad Street, 6th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303-3083
United States

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