On January 16, the Florida International University Health Law and Policy Clinic hosted over 200 FIU nursing and social work students for a workshop entitled “Identifying Legal Issues that Affect Health.” Third-year law students Jonathan Abramson and Ingrid Benson-Villegas, and staff attorney Natalie Castellanos led the successful workshop in the College of Law’s large courtroom.
The Health Law and Policy Clinic is a medical-legal clinic partnered with the FIU College of Medicine’s Green Family Foundation (GFF) NeighborhoodHELP program. Law students enrolled in the Health Law and Policy Clinic provide crucial health-related legal services to families and individuals living in medically-underserved Miami-Dade neighborhoods, including the neighborhoods of Miami Gardens, Opa Locka, Little Haiti, Hialeah, Miami Lakes and Sweetwater. In addition, law students work on policy advocacy projects, provide health-related community education, and host workshops for the health partners participating in GFF NeighborhoodHELP.
The workshop was a part of the Health Law and Policy Clinic’s effort to train aspiring health professionals to understand how legal issues can affect patient health, and the importance of connecting patients to legal resources.