The Indiana Health Advocacy Coalition (IHAC) honored Carl R. Pebworth of Baker & Daniels LLP at its first educational symposium recently for his ongoing leadership and support of the development of IHAC and the Medical-Legal Partnership in central Indiana.
IHAC promotes health advocacy services and education by using a multidisciplinary approach to solve health care problems. In 2008, IHAC launched Indiana's Medical-Legal Partnership, which integrates legal assistance into the medical setting. This coordinated services model addresses social determinants of health and seeks to eliminate barriers to health care and help vulnerable populations meet their basic needs and stay healthy.
According to Enid Zwirn, president of IHAC's board of directors, Pebworth and Baker & Daniels were instrumental in the inception and development of the Medical-Legal Partnership's legal, medical and social services that support patient and family health by reducing or eliminating impediments such as inadequate housing, lack of access to care and exposure to domestic violence. Since the program's creation, attorneys with Baker & Daniels have volunteered and offered legal assistance to patients who receive care at one of the Medical-Legal Partnership sites.
"Through the efforts of Carl and his colleagues at Baker & Daniels, the local legal service providers have supported patient referrals from seven health care sites when patients have needed legal assistance related to health issues," Zwirn said. "Under Carl's leadership, the firm also has aided IHAC in offering ongoing quarterly educational sessions, including continuing education for lawyers, physicians, social workers and other health care providers in the community."
Pebworth is a member of Baker & Daniels' construction and real estate teams and represents clients in a range of contexts involving litigation of real property and construction disputes. He also chairs Baker & Daniels' standing committee on pro bono and public services, directs the firm's pro bono and public interest program, and serves on the Indiana Pro Bono Commission.