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A lawyer now available in the Pediatric PCC to help children, families

A lawyer now available in the Pediatric PCC to help children, families

When parents bring their children into Yale-New Haven's Pediatric Primary Care Center, they now have access to more than top-notch medical care. Yale-New Haven and the Center for Children's Advocacy are collaborating on the Medical-Legal Partnership Project to provide legal advocacy to low-income children at YNHH. The New Haven law firm Wiggin and Dana and the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority are supporting the program with grants. A lawyer now works in the Pediatric PCC five days a week and is available to patients, medical providers and social workers throughout the hospital. The project attempts to ensure basic family needs by taking a preventive, multidisciplinary approach to improving children's health. Shown recently in the Pediatric PCC are (l-r): Alice Rosenthal, staff attorney, Medical-Legal Partnership Center for Children's Advocacy; Lisa Cunningham, RN, patient service manager, PPCC; Ada Fenick, MD, associate director of the Pediatric PCC; and Janette Lopez, clinical social worker.