The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University said it is partnering with Northwell Health to provide free legal services for patients facing issues that contribute to poor health, such as denial of health care coverage, social services or disability benefits.
The services are being funded by a $512,000 state grant.
The law school, along with the health care giant, will focus on serving underserved children and adults, such as Medicaid recipients, whose well-being is affected by various social challenges and who can’t afford legal intervention, Hofstra said.
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.
The law school’s Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy expects to hire a legal team director. The institute will manage the legal component of the partnership.
“Northwell Health’s partnership with Hofstra Law is an example of the multi-sectoral approach needed to achieve health equity through social equity,” Dr. Ram Raju, senior vice president and community health investment officer at Northwell Health, said in a statement. “We believe this unique collaboration will lead to better outcomes for our patients.”
New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health, with about 66,000 employees, is the largest private employer in the state.