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Norwood News: NYC Health + Hospitals Expands Legal Services for Patients

New York City Health + Hospitals announced the expansion of its medical-legal partnership with NYLAG’s LegalHealth division to address a variety of patients’ health-harming legal needs. Randye Retkin, LegalHealth Unit Director, shared with Norwood News the importance of this partnership in providing legal services in our public hospitals. 

“NYC Health + Hospitals announced the expansion on Monday, April 29, of free, health-related, legal services for its patients in partnership with LegalHealth, a division of the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG), which, according to its representatives, ‘addresses emerging and  urgent legal needs with comprehensive, free civil legal services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community education.’” 

“The speaker added, ‘By offering free legal services for issues related to housing and immigration, patients are free to focus solely on their medical recoveries. These services are an important component to helping us combat disparities in health outcomes experienced by many low-income New Yorkers and communities of color. I am proud of our work to create healthier communities, and I look forward to our continued partnership with NYC Health + Hospitals and New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) so all New Yorkers can access the care and services they need.’” 

Randye Retkin, director of NYLAG’s LegalHealth division, said at NYLAG, the group aims to increase access to justice at the community level in order to foster systemic change. ‘Our partnership between LegalHealth and NYC Health + Hospitals crucially brings that access directly to patients in our city’s public hospitals,’ she said.” 

Read the full piece by SÍLE MOLONEY in Norwood News from April 29, 2024.   

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