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Tips to Help Health Centers Address Disability & Chronic Disease Discrimination

Resource Topic: Clinical Issues, Quality Improvement, Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), Special and Vulnerable Populations

Resource Subtopic: Health Equity, Population Health, Community, Health, and Housing Partnerships, Policy and Advocacy, COVID-19.

Keywords: Access to Care, Chronic Diseases and Care, Discrimination, Legal Issues, Non-Clinical Services, Partnerships, Prevention.

Year Developed: 2022

Resource Type: Publication.

Primary Audience: Clinicians Enabling Staff Outreach Staff
Secondary Audience: Board of Directors C-Suite (CEOs, CFOs, CIO, COOs, CMOs, etc.) PCAs

Language(s): English

Developed by: National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership (See other resources developed by this organization).

Resource Summary: This tip sheet provides advice as well as key resources to help staff of health centers and look-alike programs quickly improve their understanding of the important role they can play in helping to identify discrimination at its earliest stages and how to mitigate it by leveraging their own medical authority and resources within the community.

Resource Details: This tip sheet is designed to complement a four-part webinar series, THE UNIQUE ROLE OF MEDICAL-LEGAL PARTNERSHIPS IN HELPING HEALTH CENTERS ADDRESS DISABILITY & CHRONIC DISEASE DISCRIMINATION, hosted by Health Outreach Partners and the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership. The webinar series helped health centers and civil legal services providers better understand how they can help health center patients living with disabilities or chronic diseases address and redress discrimination faced at work or school, when accessing services or public places, or otherwise navigating daily life because of these conditions. The series also discussed how different groups of people have unique experiences with this discrimination—for example, migrant and seasonal agricultural workers and individuals with immigration status—and that such patients may have limited access to quality, informed legal services. This tip sheet provides advice as well as key resources to help staff of health centers and look-alike programs quickly improve their understanding of the important role they can play in helping to identify discrimination at its earliest stages and how to mitigate it by leveraging their own medical authority and resources within the community.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,625,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.