Legal Aid, CN enter partnership to boost tribal members’ health

Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma recently received a grant from the federal AmeriCorps program as part of the Obama administration's investment in tribally-sponsored AmeriCorps programming.

News Story (Oklahoma)

Tahlequah Daily Press (OK)
December 3, 2016

Tags: Medical-Legal Partnerships, Native American

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma


Through this project, LASO AmeriCorps members will deliver civil legal assistance to improve health.

“A person’s health can be significantly impacted by social problems like domestic violence, denial of public benefits, or unsafe or substandard housing, just to name a few; these are issues that may have a civil legal solution,” said Michael Figgins, executive director of LASO. “By partnering with the Cherokee Nation, LASO attorneys can identify issues impacting health that might have a civil legal solution. Working together, caregivers and attorneys can holistically address problems and help ensure better overall health outcomes for patients.”

The three-year grant will fund four attorneys who will work with Cherokee Nation to identify and treat Social Security Disability and aging-related problems.