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Legal Council for Health Justice

aka AIDS Legal Council of Chicago   |   Chicago, IL   |  http://www.legalcouncil.org

Mission

Legal Council for Health Justice uses the power of the law to secure dignity, opportunity, and well-being for people facing barriers due to illness or disability.

Ruling year info

1988

Executive Director

Mr. Thomas D Yates Esq.

Main address

17 N. State St. Suite 900

Chicago, IL 60602 USA

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Formerly known as

AIDS LEGAL COUNCIL OF CHICAGO

EIN

36-3563802

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

Public Interest Law/Litigation (I83)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (E01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Many people with disabilities and chronic illnesses earning low incomes face barriers in managing their health, stabilizing their lives and households, and reaching their full potential. Many of these barriers are results of bureaucratic red tape and structural systems in government, education, and the health care industry. These barriers create health disparities among marginalized communities and keep those communities from accessing the care they need to thrive.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Legal services

Direct legal services, education, and advocacy on behalf of low-income individuals living with HIV; children with complex health conditions and their families; and people who are homeless and living with disabilities or mental illness. Legal Council partners with health clinics, hospitals, shelters, and community providers to meet clients where they are, providing free legal care directly in their communities.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
People with diseases and illnesses
Families
Immigrants and migrants
Economically disadvantaged people

The agency educates service providers, patients and their families, and the general public, through our comprehensive education and training programs. Training partners include: Fantus Clinic and CORE Center (Stroger Cook County Hospital), UIC Medical Center, Sinai Health System, Friend Family Health Center, Breakthrough Urban Ministries, and many more.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
Families

Systemic advocacy to improve our state's and our nation's health, social, and financial systems.

Population(s) Served
Families
People with disabilities
People with diseases and illnesses
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities, People with diseases and illnesses, Families, Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants

Related Program

Legal services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of legal cases

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants, Families, People with disabilities, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

Legal services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Percentage of clients with disabilities

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities, People with diseases and illnesses, Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants, Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We aim to help adults, children, and families living with complex, stigmatized and life-changing health and social conditions to lead fulfilling lives; reach their self-determined goals; and help them secure and plan their futures. We do this work through direct service and through advocating for policy changes so that our nation's health, social, and financial systems work well for everyone, regardless of income level, identity, or background.

All work combines strategies of education/outreach, direct service, and systemic advocacy.

We partner with hospitals, health systems, and social service providers to train their staff to recognize their patient's health-harming legal needs; accept patients for legal representation; and use direct services to clients as a window to form high impact systems change. Our legal services are not restricted and we are able to use the right legal tool to get the job done. This includes administrative advocacy, class actions, and shaping legislation.

Legal Council is home to an expert legal team with diverse backgrounds, including decades of experience in social security law, family law, health law and policy, Medicaid/Medicare policy, and HIV law. In the 30+ years since Legal Council was founded, the agency has created strong and long-lasting relationships with providers and community leaders across Chicagoland and Illinois that allow us the space to advocate for health justice for all.

In the last 30 years, Legal Council has led victories protecting the confidentiality rights of individuals with HIV, limiting the criminalization of HIV, strengthening protections for the health care of Illinoisans, protecting and expanding access to Medicaid, allowing schools to carry stock medication for asthmatic students, teaching and training local service providers on Early Intervention for children exposed to lead, and enabling Chicago and Illinois communities to secure dignity, opportunity, and well-being.

Although much has been accomplished in 30 years, there is still much to be done. We will continue to fight for improved access to health care and services and removing barriers for individuals living with chronic illnesses and disabilities. The movement for health justice also includes removing barriers in our health, financial, and social systems for communities of color, especially for Black and Latinx communities who have for so long been blocked from the resources they need to thrive.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Legal Council for Health Justice

Board of directors
as of 01/10/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Bryce Cooper

Winston & Strawn LLP

Term: 2022 -

Braden Berkey

Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Swarup Mehta

Gilead Sciences

Brian Fliflet

Illinois Department of Revenue

Chris McAdam

Latham & Watkins LLP

Bryce Cooper

Winston & Strawn LLP

Michael Casner

Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum LLP

Philip Tortorich

Actuate Law LLC

Mark Greer

Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP

Anthen Perry

Mayer Brown LLP

Jonathan Motto

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Sherri Allen-Reeves

Matthew House Chicago

Alexander Bandza

Barnes & Thornburg

Jennifer Butkus

J.P. Morgan Chase

Betsy Farrington

Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum LLP

Emily Kirsch

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Matthew Herek

BMO Financial Group

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/19/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data