Tennessee Bar Association Shows Support for MLP

The Tennessee Bar Association’s Board of Governors has adopted a resolution that encourages the legal community to establish, develop and maintain medical-legal partnerships in collaboration with medical and health care organizations. The resolution can be found here. In the past, similar recommendations have been made by the American Bar Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, and several state bar associations.

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2015 National Summit and Improving Population Health

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Photo Credit: Z. Miller Photography

Dr. Becky Carothers and Andrea Hunt from Doctors & Lawyers for Kids joined more than 400 people from health care, public health, legal aid and government at the 10th Annual National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership Summit in April to discuss how to integrate health and legal care for vulnerable populations. The theme of the conference was population health and how partnerships working at the intersection of health and law can have the greatest impact on the health of communities.

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Fifth Annual Ramble 5k!

The Ramble, a 5k fun run/fitness walk, was held Saturday, August 16, at beautiful Beckley Creek Park (part of The Parklands of Floyds Fork).  Louisville Bar Association hosted the event and attendees enjoyed a pancake breakfast, cutest dog contest, inflatables and face-painting for children.

Doctors & Lawyers for Kids wants to thank everyone who came out in support!  Congratulations to our fastest male and female runners, Steve Brehm (18:11) and Katie Reisz (21:40)! CLICK HERE to see a list of all runner/walker times.

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Cutest dog winner!

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2013 Year in Review

Our 2013 Year in Review has been published. We set out to provide high-quality legal services for low income families and deepen our connections with the medical and legal professions, and we exceeded all expectations. Some highlights:

  • Healthcare providers at University of Louisville Department of Pediatrics and Kosair Children’s Hospital referred over 200 families to Doctors & Lawyers for Kids this year.
  • Doctors & Lawyers for Kids concluded representation of 100 families this year. Twenty-five percent of those families were represented by pro bono attorneys in matters including adoption, immigration, domestic violence, and employment.
  • Dr. Carothers and Andrea Hunt presented at Grand Rounds for the departments of Pediatrics and Family Medicine. Grand Rounds is an important teaching tool and ritual of medical education open to the entire medical professional community, consisting of presenting the newest research and treatments in an area.
  • In July, we expanded to U of L Department of Pediatrics at Kosair Charities, Kosair’s Emergency Department, and the U of L Pediatrics subspecialties.

  • A team from Louisville Bar Association’s Leadership Academy adopted Doctors & Lawyers for Kids as a service project and have provided pro bono legal services in seven legal matters concerning grandparent caregiver status.

We have had a very successful year and look forward to reaching even more families in 2014!

Champions of Children’s Health

This week, Doctors & Lawyers for Kids was featured on KET’s Health Three60. Click here to watch the episode; at 20:35 Dr. Becky Carothers and Andrea Hunt relate how legal services in the medical setting can improve children’s health. This year alone, Doctors & Lawyers for Kids is on track to provide legal care for nearly 200 families at U of L Pediatrics and Kosair Children’s Hospital. In the weeks ahead, Doctors & Lawyers for Kids will share some of the success stories of 2013. It’s been a great year! 

Kentucky Bar Foundation continues support for Doctors & Lawyers for Kids

Martha Hasselbacher (left), Board President, with Andrea Hunt (center) and Kentucky Bar Foundation Secretary-Treasurer, Tasha Scott

Martha Hasselbacher (left), Board President, with Andrea Hunt (center) and Kentucky Bar Foundation Secretary-Treasurer, Tasha Scott

Doctors & Lawyers for Kids thanks the Kentucky Bar Foundation for its continued support. The Foundation presented a grant check to Doctors & Lawyers for Kids at the Fellows and Partners For Justice Society Luncheon held June 20th during the KBA Convention in Louisville. The Kentucky Bar Foundation serves as the charitable arm of Kentucky’s legal community and has awarded a total of over $2.2 million of grant funding throughout the state since 1988.

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Dr. Becky Carothers (right) and Andrea Hunt met with Rep. John Yarmuth in Washington, D.C. as part of Annual MLP Summit hosted by the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership

In April, Dr. Becky Carothers and Andrea Hunt attended the Annual MLP Summit hosted by the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership (NCMLP). Each year, NCMLP hosts a national two-day conference that brings together leaders in healthcare, law, public health and government to share ideas, insights and best practices about how to integrate health and legal care for vulnerable people. On odd years, the Summit is held in the greater Washington, DC area to incorporate an MLP Capitol Hill Day and participation from government partners. This year, Dr. Carothers and Andrea Hunt met with Rep. John Yarmuth and shared how Doctors & Lawyers for Kids is helping families in his district.