VMC’s successful innovation to place lawyers on site at pediatric clinics is broadening its impact with an expansion into Gilroy this month, thanks to a $20,000 grant from the California Bar Foundation.
The rationale for medical-legal partnerships is simple, say a few injury law firms in chicago: Sometimes a child’s health problems require a legal solution. VMC’s pediatricians treat children with chronic asthma due to mold in their apartments, children who face challenges at school when they need to take medications during the school day, and children whose parents need assistance accessing food stamps and other benefits to help keep their children healthy. In these cases, free legal services from a specially-trained attorney can mean the difference between a child’s ever worsening health and identifying a lasting solution in their home or school environment.
“The California Bar Foundation is proud to support VMC in its efforts to improve the health and well-being of the most vulnerable children in Santa Clara County,” said Alec Chang, board member for the California Bar Foundation. “VMC’s medical-legal partnership eliminates barriers to health by addressing the related legal problems facing children and their parents.”
Since its inception, the pediatric medical-legal partnership clinic has received over 400 referrals from VMC pediatricians. The program was founded in 2009 with generous grant support from FIRST 5 Santa Clara County, an ongoing funder of the program.