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Legal Aid Chicago – Health Inequities

September 23, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

September 23, 2020 from 12-1 PM (CDT)

Lisa Madigan
Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Gwynne Kizer Mashon
Supervisory Attorney, Public Benefits Practice Group, Legal Aid Chicago

Bobbi Marie Pollard
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County

Kaitlyn Quigley
Supervisory Attorney, Public Benefits Practice Group, Legal Aid Chicago

Leticia Reyes-Nash
Director of Programmatic Services and Innovation Center for Health Equity and Innovation, Cook County Health


Governor Pritzker expanded access to food stamps and medical care due to COVID-19, but obtaining rightful benefits is not always a given. In 2019 alone, Legal Aid Chicago recovered $10.6 million in benefits for clients. In the wake of the pandemic, being able to access food and healthcare became even more critical, especially with the tsunami of unemployment, which has disproportionately affected Black and Brown communities. This presentation will explore the social determinants of health, the social roots of health disparities in Chicago, and how Legal Aid Chicago addresses this need with medical-legal partnerships. Staff from Legal Aid Chicago and its community partners will explore the trends Legal Aid Chicago is seeing across health access and public benefits; how Legal Aid Chicago is altering its work to meet the need; and how pro bono attorneys can help respond to the increased demand for legal assistance.

Legal Aid Chicago is an accredited provider of MCLE in Illinois. Each session is presumptively accredited for 1.0 CLE credit (Professionalism) in Illinois, subject to review of final presentation materials and attendance documentation.


September 23, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm