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Register for the 2019 Indiana Health Advocacy Coalition Conference, August 28th

Join us for the 2019 Indiana Health Advocacy Coalition State Conference: Health, Data, and Justice. This year's conference will have a focus on the use of data in legal interventions, especially in medical legal partnerships. Our keynote speaker is Breanca Merritt, PhD, the founding director of the Center for Research on Inclusion & Social Policy (CRISP). Dr. Merritt will discuss how data informs her work in addressing inequality. Several health and justice advocates will discuss how data informs the work they do. This conference is geared towards practitioners across disciplines- health, legal, non-profit, social work. Additionally, all learners (law students, public health, social work students, medical students and residents, etc.) are entitled to free admission.

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Who Should Attend
  • People in health care, law, public health, social work, government and academia interested in sharing ideas, insights and best practices regarding the prevention and mitigation of health harming legal and social needs for patient populations
  • Those working in well-established Medical Legal Partnerships who want to share best practices and/or expand their services, and those interested in learning more about how to get one up and going

Listen: Experts Discuss MLP & Lead Poisoning
  • One goal of the IHAC State Conference is to bring to attendees insights from local and national experts on efforts to address critical issues at the intersection of health, law, and policy. This year, our lunch plenary will focus on advocacy to address lead poisoning. As a special addition to the conference and this session, we are pleased to share with you a podcast conducted by IHAC board member Ross Silverman with Emily Benfer, Director of the Columbia University Law School Health Justice Advocacy Clinic and former director of the Chicago area Health Justice Project, discussing the role of medical-legal partnerships in addressing lead poisoning at the local, state, and national levels.

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Download of the podcast may take longer than expected due to the file size and internet traffic. Thank you for your patience.

Learning Objectives
Participants should be able to:
  • Identify subject matter experts in the field of Medical Legal Partnership at networking opportunities and plenaries
  • Distinguish between different Medical Legal Partnership models in various clinical settings through concurrent breakout sessions focused on implementing and expanding MLP in FQHC, emergency room, and specialty care clinic environments
  • Identify specific Medical Legal Partnership interventions for addressing current hot topic issues such as the opioid crisis and immigration needs
  • Assess opportunities for implementing Medical Legal Partnerships at home through subject matter specific/implementation networking round-tables
 
Logistics
  • Cost of attendance is $50.00 / Students and residents attend free entering the promo code “LEARNER”
  • Light breakfast and lunch will be provided
  • Free and convenient parking will be available at the conference venue
  • Check-in begins at 9:00 AM, and the program concludes at 3:30 PM
 
Sponsorship
  • Many thanks to our supporters, Faegre Baker Daniels, Indiana Healthy Housing Alliance, Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The University of Indianapolis. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact adam.mueller@ilsi.net for more information.
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Accreditation, CME Credits and Disclosure
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA) through the joint providership of Community Health Network and the Indiana Health Advocacy Coalition. Community Health Network is accredited by ISMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
 
Community Health Network designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 4.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
 
Community Health Network has implemented a process whereby everyone who is in a position to control the content of an educational activity has disclosed all relevant financial relationships, with any commercial interest. In addition, should it be determined that a conflict of interest exists as a result of a financial relationship, it will be resolved prior to the activity.

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Thank you for attending the 2018 Indiana Health Advocacy Coalition State Conference!

We hope you enjoyed the day, while gaining knowledge about MLPs and how they are impacting public health in our state and throughout the nation, and had the opportunity to meet or reconnect with others in the MLP profession! The Conference was extremely well attended, reminding us at IHAC how important and valuable MLPs are to our community and the interdisciplinary teams that serve it.


Again, we are very excited that you chose to spend the day with us at the 2018 Conference to learn more about MLPs and our organization. We hope you will stay connected with us by liking us on Facebook and subscribing to our monthly newsletter!
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The Indiana Health Advocacy Coalition Conference, July 2018

The conference, Celebrating the Contributions of Medical Legal Partnership to Comprehensive Patient Care, will be held Thursday, July 26th 2018, at the Ivy Tech Culinary & Conference Center, 2820 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208. The focus of this first annual gathering will be to celebrate the many successes of Indiana’s existing Medical Legal Partnerships, share best practices in identifying and addressing the health-harming civil legal needs of diverse patient populations, and inspire new collaborations and innovative approaches to enhancing patient-centered health care in Indiana.  This program will be accredited for continuing education.

Who Should Attend
  • People in health care, law, public health, social work, government and academia interested in sharing ideas, insights and best practices regarding the prevention and mitigation of health harming legal and social needs for patient populations
  • Those working in well-established Medical Legal Partnerships who want to share best practices and/or expand their services, and those interested in learning more about how to get one up and going

Sponsorship
  • Many thanks to our sponsors, IN-AAP, Indiana Legal Services, Eskenazi Health, Faegre Baker Daniels and the Community Health Network. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact us through our contact page.


Learning Objectives
Participants should be able to:
  • Identify subject matter experts in the field of Medical Legal Partnership at networking opportunities and plenaries
  • Distinguish between different Medical Legal Partnership models in various clinical settings through concurrent breakout sessions focused on implementing and expanding MLP in FQHC, emergency room, and specialty care clinic environments
  • Identify specific Medical Legal Partnership interventions for addressing current hot topic issues such as the opioid crisis and immigration needs
  • Assess opportunities for implementing Medical Legal Partnerships at home through subject matter specific/implementation networking round-tables
 
Logistics
  • Cost of attendance is $50.00 / Students and residents attend free using the promo code “student”
  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided
  • Free and convenient parking will be available at the summit venue
  • Registration begins at 8:30 AM, and the closing plenary will conclude at 2:30 PM
 
Accreditation, CME Credits and Disclosure
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA) through the joint providership of Community Health Network and the Indiana Health Advocacy Coalition. Community Health Network is accredited by ISMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
 
Community Health Network designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 4.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
 
Community Health Network has implemented a process whereby everyone who is in a position to control the content of an educational activity has disclosed all relevant financial relationships, with any commercial interest. In addition, should it be determined that a conflict of interest exists as a result of a financial relationship, it will be resolved prior to the activity.


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IHAC Hosts Inaugural Poverty Simulation, March 2017

On March 24th, 2017, the Indiana Heath Advocacy Coalition (IHAC) hosted an inaugural "Poverty Simulation" experiential exercise, created to bring together learners, area residents, and community organizations to increase understanding of poverty, poverty-related policies, services, and programs. 

Throughout the course of the half-day exercise, participants adopted roles of family members facing poverty and were tasked with providing for basic necessities and shelter during the course of four 15-minute “weeks", as well as navigating essential community benefits and services.


In attendance were over 50 participants and volunteers from the Fairbanks School of Public Health, McKinney School of Law, Community Health Network, and Goodwill Industries of Central and Southern Indiana.
IHAC plans to offer the simulation on a reoccurring basis to the community at-large, with a subsequent simulation slated for Fall 2017.

The simulation was developed by the Missouri Community Action Network and was created to offer insight into the lives and experiences of low-income families. More information about the exercise can be found at
www.povertysimulation.org.



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2016 National Medical Legal Partnership Summit Held in Indianapolis, IN, April 2016

IHAC successfully bid and hosted the 11th Annual MLP Summit in Indianapolis, April 6-8, 2016. This conference was recognized by the National Center as the largest and most successful event to date.

IHAC directors and affiliates were highly engaged in the conference itself, hosting affinity groups, speaking on panels and at plenary sessions, presenting posters and even being nominated for an award. Of particular note, IHAC hosted an extremely well-attended regional breakfast that brought together leaders from over fifty Indiana organizations in medicine, law, public health, social services and government.


IHAC announced its intent at this summit to expand its services and support across the state of Indiana, and spearhead efforts to improve the comprehensive care of patients on a population level by engaging the community to identify and enact needed policy change.
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IHAC Education Event, May 2015

IHAC and The Center for At-Risk Elders presented a free presentation on “The Guardianship Process is Complete … Now What?” and “The Nuts and Bolts of a Special Needs Trust.” The audience included attorneys, doctors, nurses,

social workers and other caregivers who work with children/young adults with chronic conditions, illnesses or disabilities, or with elderly patients who have or need a guardian.