Speak Spanish? The Health Justice Project Needs Your Help

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By Joanna Skubish

Volunteer Blogger

Do you speak Spanish fluently? If so, you could be a great help to the Hispanic patients in need served by the Health Justice project. (I though an organization addressing Health and Justice was a great group to profile in the first of the featured volunteer opportunities leading up to the Martin Luther King Day's National Day of Service!)

The Health Justice Project is seeking a volunteer who is fluent in Spanish to work 3-10 hours per week as an intake specialist and client advocate. This program is a medical-legal partnership between Loyola University of Chicago School of Law and Erie Family Health Center. Erie is a Federally Qualified Community Health Center that provides medical care to 33,000 impoverished, Hispanic patients. Loyola provides training to Erie's healthcare providers, allowing them to screen for and identify social and legal issues that could negatively impact the health of their patients.  Once a legal or social issue is identified, the patients are referred to members of the Health Justice Project for brief advice, representation and resolution of legal issues.  The intake specialist/client advocate would do a variety of activities, including working with people of a variety of socio-economic levels and draft and editing memos and letters. This would be an ideal position for a law or social work graduate or student or a college student of recent graduate contemplating entering the fields of medicine, law or social work. Volunteering with the Health Justice Project will provide regular interaction with highly qualified, dedicated professionals and the clients and patients they serve in these areas.

Interested Volunteers should submit their resumes via email to Emily Benfer at ebenfer@luc.edu.

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