Health, Education and Legal Assistance Project
The Health, Education and Legal Assistance Project: A Medical-Legal Partnership (HELP:MLP) is a collaboration between Widener’s School of Law, Crozer-Chester Medical Center and ChesPenn Health Services, providing low-income families with free legal services to improve their health and well-being.
This program, the only one of its kind in the greater Philadelphia region, contends with the fact that poor health is often caused by factors other than biological pathogens, such as poverty, poor housing, utility shut-offs, access to benefits, and lack of education. Addressing social determinants that are the true causes of some health issues is beyond the scope of what a physician typically provides.
That’s where attorneys and law students who specialize in serving clients with medical issues and unmet legal needs make the difference. Free legal services can mean a healthier and safer life for some of our community’s most vulnerable individuals and families. In its inaugural year, Widener’s HELP:MLP program addressed more than 100 legal needs and served more than 50 families in the Chester community.