Community Health Access Project (CHAP)


The Community Health Access Project (CHAP) is a pro bono project addressing disparities in health access caused by legal issues and forging relationships with healthcare providers to identify and address patients’ legal needs. CHAP currently partners with the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County to assist with research efforts around dyslexia interventions and provide direct services in Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County’s (LASMC) priority areas. CHAP also partners with the Texas Advocacy Project (TAP) to take on research related to medical legal partnerships that seek to screen for domestic violence and provide legal information to pregnant womxn during prenatal checkups.

Commitment Required of Members:

Members will start volunteering in Fall, with exceptions for our direct services work. Members working with TAP will be expected to meet 2 hours every other week. The work on TAP will be iterative, so we ask prospective members to think carefully about their capacity before committing to this project. Members working with LASMC on the dyslexia research project will be expected to work 1 hour each week. Members working with LASMC on direct services will be expected to work 2 hours every other week.

Open Membership Spots: 12 to 17

Adv. Degree Student Participation: Permitted

Winter Start: Not permitted for TAP project. For LASMC (Dyslexia Project), strong preference for a Fall start. For LASMC (Direct Services), either a Fall or Winter start is fine.

Eligible for Meeting NYS Bar Pro Bono Requirement: Likely

Language Ability Preference: No Language Skills Required, But Spanish Speakers Encouraged to Apply

Project Leaders: Jody Bianchini & Casey Lincoln