A new program at Kentucky Children’s Hospital and the University of Kentucky’s pediatrics department could help low income children tackle health problems with the help of both doctors and lawyers. Program director Doctor Kim Northrip says low income children’s health can be affected by their living and family situations. She says doctors can heal the body, but lawyers can heal the family.
“Mostly what we’re doing is called preventative law, just like preventative medicine, to help that family not have to move out of that apartment, or not lose that apartment, or not to lose their job,”says Northrip.
Northrip says this kind of collaboration is a first for Kentucky. The model began in Boston and now there are dozens of similar programs throughout the country.