Helping The Community by Solving Systemic Problems

Medical-Legal Partnerships throughout the country have greatly impacted and improved the health and well-being of many.  

Keeping Children Safe from Lead Poisoning

The Problem: Erie Family Health Centers in Chicago repeatedly saw patients with lead poisoning & were prevented from moving and still maintaining federal housing assistance. 

The Action: Erie Family Health's Medical-Legal Partnership with Loyola University School of Law and LAF Chicago built a multi-state coalition and  petitioned the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to update its federal lead regulations. 

The Resolution: After petitioning and engaging Congress members, the proposed lead regulation changes were enforced successfully in January 2017. Currently, “The Lead Safe Housing for Kids Act of 2019”,a proposed bi-partisan bill, would require lead hazard risk assessments and controls in all federally assisted housing. 

(National Center for Medical-Legal Partnerships)