Health Law Partnership
The Health Law Partnership’s (HeLP) primary premise is that attorneys can intervene to improve the physical, social, and economic environments in which many low-income children live, resulting in their improved health
and quality of life.
The social, economic, and physical conditions in which children live can all seriously affect a child’s health. For example, poor housing conditions, such as the existence of unsanitary conditions or lack of heat, can exacerbate health conditions like asthma, the nation’s most common chronic childhood illness. Poverty can prevent children or their families from obtaining needed medications and other medical treatment. Lack of protection from domestic violence can result in serious injury. Failure to protect the legal rights of developmentally disabled children can lead to their inability to get remedial special education or other needed services.
HeLP assists eligible clients with the following types of legal problems that can threaten health improvement and access to care:
Access to healthcare (e.g., Medicaid, PeachCare, private health insurance)
Consumer (e.g., payment of medical bills, debt relief)
Education (e.g., special education needs, school discipline problems)
Employment (e.g., Family and Medical Leave Act benefits, employment discrimination)
Family law (e.g., domestic violence, child support) .Housing (e.g., unsafe or unsanitary living conditions, evictions)
Permanency planning and consent for care (e.g., wills, Advance Directives, guardianships)
Public benefits (e.g., TANF, food stamps).
HeLP does not take cases involving medical malpractice, criminal charges, or situations where our office may be in conflict with the child’s best interest, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta Legal Aid Society, or Georgia State University College of Law.
Pamela Kraidler, Director
Pam Kraidler is the Legal Aid Director of the Health Law Partnership. HeLP’s mission is important to Pam because the legal services HeLP provides make a difference to families who are often in extraordinarily difficult circumstances. HeLP’s staff achieve tangible results for families who are caring for a child who is sick or caring for a child who has a disability, including helping to stabilize housing, obtaining appropriate educational support and services and maintaining family stability.
JoQuita Etchison, Paralegal Office Manager
JoQuita Etchison is the Paralegal Office Manager for the Health Law Partnership of Atlanta Legal Aid Society and has been with the firm for more than twelve years. JoQuita received her paralegal certificate from The National Center of Paralegal Training. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and her MBA, with a concentration in Organizational Psychology. She graduated with both degrees magna cum laude.
Pro Bono Awards Breakfast
Our annual breakfast recognizing our dedicated volunteers. This breakfast is held in our downtown headquarters and features special pro bono achievement awards, project awards and 50 hour volunteer recognition. Watch for details in our newsletter, Summary Justice.