Health Justice Project
The Health Justice Project was founded by Professor Emily Benfer in 2010 and is a medical-legal partnership clinic between Loyola University Chicago School of Law and Erie Family Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center that serves over 60,000 low-income patients annually at 13 different locations around Chicago. Students of law, social work, public health and medicine enrolled in the clinic engage in interprofessional collaboration to identify and address social and legal issues that negatively affect the health of low-income individuals.
Please explore our website to learn more about our work and best practices in interprofessional graduate education and medical-legal partnership.
Petition for Rulemaking to Amend 24 C.F.R. 35
On February 11, 2016, the Health Justice Project, along with a coalition of scientists, medical providers, public health experts, and civil legal aid groups that protect the rights of low-income families endangered by lead poisoning, filed a petition for rulemaking with HUD that urges critical amendments to the “Lead Based Paint Poisoning Prevention in Certain Residential Structures” regulations.
In response to the Health Justice Project’s petition for rulemaking, on March 10, 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development submitted a proposed rule to the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs designed to provide greater protection to children in federally assisted housing. Read HUD’s response to the petition for rulemaking here. The Proposed Lead Safe Housing Rule is available here.
On October 31, 2016, the Health Justice Project, Erie Family Health Center, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, National Housing Law Project and public health and scientific experts submitted comments to HUD’s proposed rule recommending that HUD further amend the rule to engage in primary prevention strategies that would protect children from lead poisoning. Read the comments here.
In The News
- Fear of lead paint in HUD housing leads family to homelessness
- Blame HUD for America’s Lead Epidemic
- We Know How To Stop The Epidemic Of Lead Poisoning. So Why Aren’t We?
- Legislation to protect children in public housing from lead exposure introduced in House and Senate
- Durbin, Quigley target lead hazards in Section 8 housing with new bill
- Federal housing policy leaves poor kids at risk of lead poisoning
- Chicago medical clinic prescribes legal help for housing