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.


Supporting Indiana's MLPs

MLP= Medical  Legal Partnership

Medical-legal partnerships (MLPs) bring together medical professionals and lawyers to address social causes of health disparities, including access to adequate food, housing and income.


A Medical Legal Partnership in Indiana

About Us:

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

Networking Event

The Role of Medical-Legal Partnerships in Harm Reduction Models

NEW DATE COMING SOON! In this HRSA-supported national webinar, the audience will hear from NCMLP and subject matter experts from Indiana Legal Services, the Legal Services Corporation, and more, about current issues and strategies for implementing a medical-legal partnership model that incorporates the expertise of civil legal services, harm reduction, and health center providers. The audience will learn more about how the medical-legal partnership approach continues to be an effective intervention for holistic care models that health centers can utilize to increase access to care, improve quality of care, and achieve health-justice goals for their communities. (New date and registration link is coming soon!)


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Meet the Team

Our Board of Directors


Rakuya Trice, JD

Deputy Director, ILS
President IHAC

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.

IHAC's History

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

Kathy Zoppi

Ike Willett 

Enid Zwirn 

Marley Bradley

Priscilla Keith

Joyce Hertko

Anna Kirkman 

Adam Mueller

Chad Priest

Suzann Lupton

Mary Chiccarelli

Virginia Caine

Heather McCabe

Team Meeting

“One is not always happy when one is good; but one is always good when one is happy”

Oscar Wilde


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