LegalHealth Unit Receives Prestigious Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize

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LegalHealth Unit Receives Community Health Award

Pictured above (left to right): Dr. Jonathan Fanton, inaugural Franklin Delano Roosevelt Visiting Fellow at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College in New York; Dr. Jennifer J. Raab, President, Hunter College; Randye Retkin, Director, NYLAG LegalHealth Unit, Julie Brandfield, Associate Director, LegalHealth Unit; Jonathan Tisch, CEO, Loews Hotels

On Monday, June 18, NYLAG’s LegalHealth Unit was awarded the second annual Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize. The prize, which was presented at a reception at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute, is administered by the Hunter College Foundation and is awarded each year to a not-for-profit organization and an individual for distinguished accomplishment in the field of urban public health.

In addition to LegalHealth, Mark Hannay of Metro New York Health Care for All also received the 2012 prize. With more than 40 nominations, the two winners were selected by a committee composed of Hunter College faculty and representatives from the health policy and advocacy communities; each honoree received an award of $10,000.

At the award presentation, LegalHealth was recognized as the largest medical-legal partnership in the nation. Since its inception in 2001, it has assisted more than 17,000 low-income clients and trained over 5,000 health care professionals. The partnership unites legal and medical professionals to improve the lives of low-income people with serious health issues. Attorneys provide free legal services to patients in medical facilities and also educate health care professionals about the legal issues affecting their patients. LegalHealth works with particularly vulnerable populations, those with serious or chronic diseases, including cancer, the homebound and the elderly.

“Both Mark Hannay and LegalHealth work to address the social determinants of health and advocate for our city’s most vulnerable populations to help reduce health disparities and obstacles to care,” said Hunter President Jennifer J. Raab.