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May 21, 2019 From Pilot program addresses social determinants of health

– A new pilot program addresses the social determinants of health in clinical practice through screening and referring patients with unmet social needs to the right resources.

The program, called SHAPE (Social Health Alliance to Promote Equity), was designed to screen patients across multiple social categories. In-house patient navigators, some bilingual, were trained on how to work with diverse populations and were able to address unmet patient needs through referrals to individualized resources. Physicians could refer patients to the following local community partners:

The legal partners provided free assistance to patience with legal needs.

June 19, 2018 From Hofstra Law & Northwell Health Launch Medical-Legal Partnership:

The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University is partnering with Northwell Health to provide legal services for patients facing issues that contribute to poor health, such as denial of health care coverage, social services or benefits, immigration and disability benefits.

Funded by a $512,000 state grant, the Medical-Legal Partnership, or MLP, will focus on serving underserved children and adults, such as Medicaid recipients, whose well-being is affected by various social challenges and can’t afford legal intervention. The partnership will target community health disparities: unsanitary housing conditions, denial of health benefits, domestic violence, access to healthy food and water, lack of consistent or affordable child care, and other factors that stand in the way of good health no matter what treatment is given to the patient.

Student fellows at Hofstra Law are already conducting research to further identify and understand patients’ needs. This summer, the Law School’s Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy, which will manage the legal component of the partnership, expects to hire a director of the legal team. In the fall, up to 10 students will work at the clinics to provide legal services and referrals to patients under the direction of a supervising attorney.

Feb 14, 2017 From Bioethics Research Library at Georgetown University:

Users can now interact with this database, presented in the form of a clickable map, to ascertain the parameters of the law in this area in all 50 states from 1970 to the present, including comprehensive coverage of the nature and scope of advance directives in each state, requirements for due execution and revocation, limitations upon pediatric and pregnant patients and persons judged incompetent, POLST and MOLST, and electronic registries.

Feb 14, 2017 From Medical Futility Blog:

The Gitenstein Institute for Health Law & Policy at Hofstra University School of Law has launched a longitudinal,interactive dataset on advance care planning law.

December 13, 2016  From LI

Attacking Veterans’ legal issues pro bono at Hofstra

In August 2015, Matthew Goodison-Orr, a third-year Hofstra University law student, began working with Gary Port, a West Hempstead resident, attorney and U.S. Army veteran, on a pro bono legal case: A marine had suffered a brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder while on duty in Iraq, and never received treatment from the military after he requested it. He began to self-medicate with marijuana, and was kicked out of the Marine Corps after a urine test.

December 12, 2016 From Law News:

Hofstra Law and Its Gitenstein Institute Launch New Veterans Law Clinic

Hempstead, NY — The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and its Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy announce the launch of a new Veterans Law Clinic, an innovative program designed to assist local veterans in obtaining the disability and health care benefits to which they are entitled.

The Veterans Law Clinic will give students the opportunity to partner with expert attorneys to complete critical intake forms, perform research required for appealing denied claims, and submit appeals to the Board of Veterans Appeals or before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

April 24, 2013  From

Hofstra opens Gitenstein Institute for Health Law

“Justice” and “health care” are terms seldom heard together.

But ensuring quality health care for everyone is the goal of the new Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy at Hofstra University’s law school in Hempstead.

“We see health care and access to the health system as a civil right,” said law school dean Eric Lane. “As an institution . . . we look for ways to get people access…

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