Concurrent Sessions

E4-b – Legal Health Clinic

Theme 4. The “How to” stream

  • Date: Thursday October 25, 2018
  • Concurrent Session E
  • Time: 11:00-11:45am
  • Room:  Pier 9
  • Style: Presentation (information provided to audience, with opportunity for audience to ask question)
  • Focus: Practical (e.g. Presentation on how to implement programs and/or practices in the team environment)
  • Target Audience: Clinical providers

Learning Objectives

  1. Understanding of how legal issues impact health
  2. Recognize importance of key partnerships and collaborations
  3. Be able to implement a legal health clinic in your clinic
  4. Impact of access to legal consultation in familiar primary care setting


The McMaster Family Practice(MFP) Legal Clinic is a partnership with MFP, Legal Aid Ontario(LAO) and Hamilton Community Legal Clinic(HCLC) where patients are screened for everyday issues that could become legal issues.  Through this process patients are offered a free, in clinic consultation with one of our partner lawyers through LAO and HCLC depending on the area of law.  In review and discussion of the screening tool Legal Health Check Up – we will identify everyday issues that could become legal issues and how the legal issues impact health.    We will review the collaborations and partnerships that made the MFP Legal Clinic possible and the benefits to all partners.  We will share how our patients are screened and how we have fit the process from screening to consultation within our clinic work.  And, we will also share the impact that this access to legal consultation has had on our clinic and patients.


  • Dan Edwards, System Navigator, RSSW, McMaster Family Practice
  • Gina Agarwal, MBBD PHD MRCGP CCFP FCFP and Staff Family Physician McMaster Family Practice, Associate Prof, McMaster University
  • Sharon Crowe, B.A. (Hons), LL.B Staff Lawyer, Hamilton Community Legal Clinic