Peninsula Family Advocacy Program (FAP)
The Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County's Peninsula Family Advocacy Program (FAP) is a medical-legal partnership (MLP) that provides free legal services to children, pregnant women and their families to help address the social determinants of health. FAP recognizes that legal problems can interfere with a doctor’s ability to treat patients’ health. Legal Aid lawyers are integrated into the medical team to represent patients and consult with providers. FAP also trains medical providers including nurses, social workers, and doctors to identify when poverty or other legal factors threaten patients’ health. And together, FAP’s medical-legal team address policy issues impacting patient health.
Medical providers in FAP MLP clinics and hospitals refer patients and their families for help with civil legal problems including:
• Health insurance and medical bills
• Public benefits
• Special education and the Individualized Education Program (IEP)
• Disability benefits
• Domestic violence
A medical-legal partnership, FAP recognizes that legal problems can interfere with a doctor’s ability to treat a patient’s health. Legal Aid lawyers are on-site weekly at LPCH and Ravenswood, working alongside doctors and nurses and providing legal services in the pediatric primary care clinics. We also train nurses, social workers, and residents to intervene when poverty or other legal factors threaten a child’s health.
FAP MLP clinics and hospitals
• Gardner-Packard Children's Health Center: (650) 362-2500
• Lucile Packard Children Hospital: (650) 497-8000 (general operator not for emergency use) www.lpch.org
• Ravenswood Family Health Center: (650) 330-7400 www.ravenswoodfhc.org
• San Mateo Medical Center's Obstetrics Clinics: (650) 573-2222
• Stanford Children's Health (650) 362-2500 www.stanfordchildrens.org
For more information on Legal Aid's Peninsula Family Advocacy Program please visit the program's website: www.peninsulafap.org or call Francisca Guzman at (650) 517-8904.
FAP Medical Director Dana Weintraub Presents on Immigration Policy and Children's Health at Stanford
At Stanford Medicine's first-ever conference on child health and immigration, Dr. Dana Weintraub, MD, medical director of the Peninsula Family Advocacy Program (FAP), our medical-legal partnership, spoke about how fear of deportation is preventing parents from seeking legal remedies that could improve their children's health and how FAP is helping support families.
Dr. Weintraub shared an anecdotal story about a child seen in clinic with red eyes and a chronic cough. The doctor asked the mother about living conditions in the apartment that might be causing the child's symptoms. Although there was mold due to leaky windows, the mother was reluctant to request repairs from the landlord, due the challenges of affordable housing in our community and her immigration status. The mother was referred to FAP to understand her tenant rights and address her immigration concerns.
Read more about the conference, and the effects of immigration issues on children's health, at this link.
Legal Aid would like to thank First Five San Mateo County, Stanford Children's Health, SanDisk Corporation, San Mateo County Aging & Adult Services, the State Bar of California Legal Services Trust Fund, Stanford University, and individual donors for their funding support of the Peninsula Family Advocates Program.