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Published in This Week on May 13, 2013

New partnership to assist HIV/AIDS patients

The Medical Center and the Mississippi Center for Justice announced a medical-legal partnership May 9 to provide free civil legal services to people living with HIV/AIDS.

The collaboration, which includes a joint agreement between UMMC, the justice center, the Mississippi State Department of Health's Crossroads Clinics Central and the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation, marks the first medical-legal partnership in the state.

The Mississippi Center for Justice, a nonprofit public interest law firm, will provide on-site legal assistance at the Crossroads Clinics Central to people living with HIV/AIDS. The legal assistance will focus primarily on HIV status-related discrimination in housing and employment.

Dr. Claude Brunson, professor of anesthesiology and senior advisor to the vice chancellor for external affairs, said the partnership will address one of the last barriers to making sure people with HIV/AIDS can reintegrate into society in a productive manner.  Making the announcement are (from left) Brunson, Marni von Wilpert of the justice center, and Dr. Arti Barnes, UMMC assistant professor of medicine, from the Crossroads Clinic at JMM.

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