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Shriver Center Advocate Selected for New Health Care Fellowship Program

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Contact: Michelle Nicolet
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Shriver Center Vice President of Advocacy Carol Ashley has been selected as an inaugural fellow of Where Health Meets Justice, a new fellowship program designed to build health care expertise in the legal aid community. The fellowship will help advocates learn about health care organization, financing, and priorities and how to frame legal services in a health care context. Fellows will identify ways to align their work on issues such as housing, domestic violence, and public benefits with the delivery of health care to the populations they serve.

As Vice President of Advocacy, Ashley leads the Shriver Center’s work to advance justice and opportunity for people living in poverty through legal and policy advocacy across a broad range of issues. “Access to affordable comprehensive health care is critical to the upward mobility and quality of life for people with low income,” said John Bouman, President of the Shriver Center. “Carol’s participation in this fellowship program will help the Shriver Center understand the ways that health care issues interact with issues of housing, consumer protection, criminal justice, education, employment and many more, and that understanding can help us advocate to improve people’s lives and opportunities.”

The Shriver Center’s health care justice team is already active on many fronts to improve access to health care and is a leader in efforts to ensure effective implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Among other initiatives, the Shriver Center is affiliated with the Chicago Medical Legal Partnership for children, which won the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership’s Outstanding MLP Award in 2013. Integrating health care into its other issue areas will help the Shriver Center broaden its expertise and deepen its engagement not only in health care but across all of the issues on its agenda.

The Where Health Meets Justice fellowship is supported by the Public Welfare Foundation, the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, and the National Legal Aid and Defender Association. Ashley is among 24 senior-level staff from legal aid agencies in 21 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico selected as fellows for the program.


The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law provides national leadership in advancing laws and policies that secure justice to improve the lives and opportunities of people living in poverty. We specialize in practical solutions. Through our advocacy, communication, and training programs, we advocate for and serve clients directly, while also building the capacity of the nation's legal aid providers to advance justice and opportunity for their clients.


The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law provides national leadership in advancing laws and policies that secure justice to improve the lives and opportunities of people living in poverty. We specialize in practical solutions. We advocate for and serve clients directly, while also building the capacity of the nation’s legal aid providers to advance justice and opportunity for their clients. www.povertylaw.org

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