This article highlights the connection between access to legal services and improved health outcomes, and the benefits of collaborations between the medical and legal communities in order to meet the full range of individuals' health care needs. It provides examples of legal issues that can substantially impede individuals' access to health care, such as health care benefits access and housing issues. The article examines the MedLaw Project, a collaborative effort at the UCI Family Health Center Santa Ana (UCI FHC). The project brings together staff from the Legal Aid Society of Orange County, California and UCI FHC health care providers to improve health outcomes of UCI FHC patients by meeting their legal needs.
The Center for HIV Law and Policy challenges barriers to the rights and health of people affected by HIV through legal advocacy, high-impact policy initiatives, and creation of cross-issue partnerships, networks, and resources. We support movement building that amplifies the power of individuals and communities to mobilize for change that is rooted in racial, gender, and economic justice.