Our Mission and Goals
The Health Justice Project (“HJP”) strives to overcome the social, legal, and systemic barriers that prevent long-term health and stability for low-income individuals and families in Chicago.
The Clinic aims to:
- Enable law students to provide highly effective quality representation to low-income clients in order to resolve the legal needs that underlie, exacerbate, or could result in health disparity.
- Provide law students with an intensive, challenging education in the fundamentals of legal practice, systemic advocacy, and interdisciplinary collaboration necessary for them to become effective problem-solvers and socially responsible, service-oriented attorneys.
The goal of the Health Justice Project is to resolve the legal and social issues that underlie, exacerbate, or could result in health disparities by:
- Providing highly effective quality legal representation to low-income patients of affiliated community health centers.
- Collaborating with other community members, advocates, and stakeholders in order to identify and eradicate the social, legal, and systemic barriers that cause health problems among low-income individuals and families from an interdisciplinary and multifaceted approach.
- Training and mentoring students of law, medicine, social work, and public health in order to create the next stewards of public health and society.
- Creating public policy to invigorate our community to overcome barriers to health.