Medical-legal partnerships require that professionals from different disciplines work together to improve health by identifying and solving legal problems. Listed here are the Pediatric Advocacy Initiative's (PAI) partners, who help us integrate legal services into the health care setting every day.
• Over 30 percent of our clients are referred to us by either the Mott Hospital Pediatric Social Work team or the Mott Hospital Maternal Infant Health Program. PAI provides periodic training to these groups, as well as a series of lectures each year to pediatric resident physicians and medical students on identifying legal problems and advocacy skills.
• . This medical partner provides "preventive health care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as comprehensive care for children with complex medical needs." Ypsilanti Health Center physicians, nurses, and social workers refer patients to us. PAI provides training to these health care providers so they can spot legal problems and advocate for their patients.
• Located in nearby Ypsilanti, this medical partner's mission is "to help young people, ages 12-21, make healthy choices now and in the future by providing high-quality primary health care, education and support for adolescents and their children without regard to income level." Corner Health Center physicians, nurses, and social workers refer patients to us. We provide training to these health care providers so they can spot legal problems and advocate for their patients.
• This medical partner provides social services, support, and health assessment through home visits by a public health nurse, social worker and nutritionist to any pregnant woman or baby under one year old enrolled in public health insurance programs. Washtenaw County Maternal Infant Health Program nurses, social workers, and nutritionists refer patients to us. We provide training to these health care providers so they can spot legal problems and advocate for their patients.
• PAI's Imigrant Outreach Initiative partners with this Michigan Law student organization to address legal, administrative, and policy barriers that unjustly prevent eligible immigrant families from accessing critical benefits like food assistance, child day care, and Medicaid.
• "A community of internationally recognized faculty, gifted students, and dedicated alumni who share a common objective: to create social change and promote social justice through excellence in research, education, and practice." PAI serves as a placement site for master's and doctoral-level social work students, who contribute to PAI's research and evaluation efforts by conducting intake interviews with potential clients, gathering and analyzing relevant program and community level data, and more.
• . The "University's first professional school…the Medical School's mission is to educate students, physicians and biomedical scholars and to provide a spectrum of comprehensive knowledge, research, patient care and service of the highest quality to the people of the state of Michigan and beyond." PAI hosts students in the Medical School's Poverty in Health Curriculum.