The Indiana Health Advocacy Coalition (IHAC) is an interdisciplinary non-profit organization that brings dedicated people of diverse professional backgrounds together to enhance comprehensive, patient-centered care in Indiana.
IHAC educates medical and legal providers about social determinants of health and helps coordinate local efforts to address unmet legal needs that may negatively impact people’s health or impede access to care.
What We Do
A Medical Legal Partnership in Indiana
The Indiana Health Advocacy Coalition (IHAC) is an interdisciplinary 501(c)(3) organization that brings health care providers, lawyers, public health professionals, academics and other advocates together to enhance comprehensive, patient-centered care in Indiana.
Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) is a health care delivery model that improves the health and wellbeing of low-income and other vulnerable populations (such as children, veterans and the elderly) by addressing unmet legal and social needs and removing legal barriers that impede access to care.
Local MLPs integrate lawyers directly into the health care team so that they may partner with health care providers to deliver comprehensive, patient-centered care in a variety of settings. Classic examples of unmet legal needs that have the potential to adversely impact health include unsafe rental home conditions that result in injury or disease and unjust denials of entitlement program benefits that result in food insecurity or inadequate access to care
Trainings & Conferences in 2021
Learning Collaborative: Screening & Documenting the Legal Needs of Agricultural Workers and LGBTQIA+ People (May - June 2021)
The National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center, National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership, and Farmworker Justice are launching a 4-session learning collaborative (May 4, May 18, June 1, June 15) to equip health center participants to develop strategies for screening and documenting the legal issues related to the social determinants of health (SDOH) of patients, particularly agricultural workers, and LGBTQIA+ people. Click here for details and to register for upcoming sessions.
Addressing Financial & Legal Problems to Improve the Mental Health of Adults & Children During the Pandemic (May 18, 2021)
The session will be held on May 18 at 1 PM EST and will feature subject matter experts in social determinants of health and medical-legal partnership interventions speaking on the topic ‘Addressing Financial & Legal Problems to Improve the Mental Health of Adults & Children During the Pandemic. Click here for more details and to access the registration link.
Advancing Medical-Legal Partnership in Health Centers Learning Collaborative: Connecting with Peers to Better Address the Legal Needs of Special Populations (May - June 2021)
This four-session learning collaborative, being held on May 7, May 21, June 4, and June 18, 2021, at 2 PM EST will have health centers and civil legal services staff connecting with peers at different levels of medical-legal partnership (MLP) implementation for support with addressing the health-harming legal needs of special populations. Click here to learn more and register.
Founded in 2005, IHAC supports a wide variety of organizations, programs and services that believe in addressing social determinants of health in an interdisciplinary and collaborative manner. IHAC has helped coordinate and support the growth of local Medical-Legal Partnerships that seek to address the unmet health-harming legal and social needs of vulnerable populations.
Honoring Past IHAC Board Members
IHAC's Advisory Team
Meet the Team
Our Board of Directors
Deputy Director, ILS
Rakuya Trice, JD
Rakuya K. Trice is the Deputy Director of Indiana Legal Services, Inc. Indiana Legal Services, Inc. is a state-wide, not-for-profit law firm and Indiana’s largest provider of free civil legal assistance. Rakuya oversees the compliance and day-to-day operations of Indiana Legal Services’ regional offices and its medical-legal partnerships. Rakuya is also responsible for the development of new medical-legal partnerships. Prior to her current role, Rakuya was Directing Attorney of ILS’s central Indiana medical-legal partnership team and operated a medical-legal partnership project with a regional health system. Rakuya is licensed to practice in Indiana and is a graduate of Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law.
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