MIAMI (March 27, 2012) – Law students from FIU’s Health Ethics Law and Policy (HELP) Clinic are helping low-income community members access vital healthcare services through community-based education. Three students – Ilana Bonan, Christopher Bryant and Justin Budwick – created a presentation explaining eligibility requirements and program benefits for Medicaid, Medicare, and Jackson Care Card programs. On March 22, they delivered the presentation to roughly 80 low-income residents of Little Haiti, Liberty City, and North Miami. “This information is incredibly important,” said organizer Christella Dorval. “Many people do not know how to apply, and they often are scared to ask for help. The fact that these students are willing to come out to the community to share information is really wonderful.”
The HELP project is an innovative interdisciplinary program in which medical, nursing, social work, and law students work with low-income families to help them to access healthcare services and address a wide range of problems that can affect health outcomes, including consumer debt and housing as well as medical issues. “Community education is an important part of HELP project advocacy,” explained Peggy Maisel, director of the Legal Clinics at FIU. “Students learn the valuable skill of explaining legal rights and processes, and community members gain useful information in an atmosphere of trust.”
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Florida International University College of Law is South Florida’s publicly supported law school. The Princeton Review ranks FIU as one of the nation’s most welcoming schools for diverse students and Hispanic Business has ranked FIU among the top ten law schools for Hispanics. The National Jurist ranks FIU among the top ten schools in the country for best value in legal education. FIU’s faculty continues to gain national prominence, most recently recognized by the Sisk Report as 3rd in Florida for Faculty Scholarly Impact. Unique among law schools, FIU places particular emphasis on integrating international law into every aspect of its curriculum.