Legal Aid Groups Think Bold To Fill Rural Gaps

"It became very clear that if we could work with our health care providers, we could have a much stronger footprint," Nelson said.

News Story (Alaska)

RJ Vogt
Law360
May 12, 2019
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Tags: Justice for All, Rural

Organizations mentioned/involved: Alaska Legal Services Corporation


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Nelson knows firsthand the struggle of serving rural places, considering Alaska has just 1 person per 1.2 square miles. She said that reaching most of the state’s 229 federally recognized Native American tribes requires transportation by plane, boat or snowmobile.

Faced with those hurdles, Nelson said she realized her organization needed to use an existing support network that already supplies many rural residents with social services: Alaska’s tribal health care system.

“It became very clear that if we could work with our health care providers, we could have a much stronger footprint,” Nelson said.

Using “Justice For All” grant money from the National Center for State Courts and the Public Welfare Foundation, ALSC placed AmeriCorps members at six tribally operated health care facilities to address civil issues that can harm health, like family disputes.