Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Initiatives
Medical Legal Partnership (MLP)
Housed in The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, the Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) Clinic is one of iIMPACT’s law initiatives and is under the direction of Assistant Professor Kathryn Ramsey.
The MLP Clinic is part of the Memphis Children's Health Law Directive (Memphis CHiLD)—a collaborative effort between the School of Law, Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS) and Le Bonheur. This effort addresses the legal and social issues that impact child and family health though direct legal services, education and systemic advocacy. Memphis CHiLD is the first medical-legal partnership of its kind in the region and provides UofM law students with opportunities to represent low-income pediatric patients at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital and their families.
Institute for Health Law and Policy (iHELP)
To manifest the mission of the Institute for Health Law & Policy and link its service and educational goals with unique possibilities for scholarship, the Institute launched the iHeLP Policy Lab to foster policy-based service work through interdisciplinary, community-focused engagement. With support of the ACE Awareness Foundation, the Policy Lab’s first initiative focused on supporting system-level health policy change in the Mid-South Community for the specific purpose of childhood trauma mitigation and reduction through policy research, policy advising, and drafting new policies. Additional support of the Urban Child Institute expands and deepens the work of the Policy Lab, now the policy core to the University’s new iIMPACT initiative. Specifically, the Policy Lab: iIMPACT Initiative – through policy research, capacity-building, and as facilitator of community conversations – helps further the goals of building a “culture of health” for children and families in Memphis. In the short term, it will help connect data and case “stories” to policy, with a long-term goal to facilitate upstream change for systemic, collective impact benefiting children and families in Memphis. Building on this model, the iHeLP Policy Lab will continue to seek out opportunities to partner in and with the community to address policy-related obstacles to community health and well-being.
The iHeLP Policy Lab is under the direction of Associate Professor Amy Campbell in the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.