2012 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Keegan Warren-Clem

Keegan Warren-Clem

Name of Host Organization: Texas Legal Services Center
City, State: Austin, Texas
Sponsors: Texas Access to Justice Foundation

The Project

Keegan established the Austin Medical-Legal Partnership (AMLP) to mitigate the socio-legal factors that adversely impact health of low-income patients through direct representation, educating health care professionals, community outreach, and policy reforms.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project: 
For those of modest income, it is often impossible to navigate our complex legal system to effectively address issues that adversely impact health, such as poor housing conditions. AMLP eliminates or mitigates the socio-legal factors that negatively impact health by providing direct or referral legal services to affected patients, training health care students and professionals to recognize relevant legal issues underlying medical problems, educating the community, and supporting policy reform. This project improved access to legal services in a way that produces better health outcomes.
Fellowship Highlights: 
During her Fellowship, Keegan:
• Provided legal counsel to more than 400 patients and family members that improved health care outcomes and achieved better overall health and well-being for those clients
• Trained more than 200 health care providers, pediatric resi-dents, and other medical staff on the connections between health and unmet legal needs
• Prepared more than 100 memoranda to health care providers on substantive law issues known to undermine the health of patients
Where are they now?: 
Keegan is currently attending the Southern Illinois University School of Law, where she plans on earning a Master of Laws in health law and policy.

Biography

Hometown:

Clarksville, Missouri

Law school:

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