In this issue:

  • Florida Health Justice STORIES
  • 2019 Florida Elder Justice Conference
  • 4th Annual Oral Health Equity Summit

Florida Health Justice STORIES


With support from the Florida Bar Foundation and Health Foundation of South Florida, FHJP has launched Florida Health Justice STORIES. 

Through the STORIES project, FHJP works with individual Floridians who want to share their personal  narratives in educating policymakers and the public about  health justice issues, beginning with  Florida's failure to expand Medicaid. Project team members include Miriam Harmatz, Alison Yager, and Michelle Adams from FHJP and A2J (Access to Justice) Tech Store founder, Joseph Schieffer.

Click on the buttons below to learn more about the STORIES project and Medicaid expansion in Florida.

Florida Health Justice STORIES
Medicaid Expansion

 2019 Florida Elder Justice Conference 

FHJP received funding from Bay Area Legal Services to prepare the agenda and program for the Conference.  Miriam Harmatz, Executive Director, recruited over 30 state and national experts to present.  Together with the speakers,  she developed an agenda that included a range of innovative projects and cross-sector legal issues impacting  low-income Florida seniors. 

The Conference, which was spearheaded by the Florida Senior Legal Helpline and was the first of its kind in Florida, brought together over 120 staff from Florida Legal Aid programs and Aging Disability and Resource Centers, as well as private elder law attorneys. National elder justice leaders praised it as a model for other states. The Secretary of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) announced at the Plenary that his Department would fund a second statewide conference. In addition to presentations made by state and national elder law experts, the Florida Attorney General made a special presentation that inspired a standing ovation. The conference was funded by DOEA with support from the Florida Bar Foundation, the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys and the Florida Bar Elder Law Section.

And finally, FHJP's longstanding partners -- Justice in Aging, the Florida Justice Technology Center, and Florida Advocate -- were also key to the Conference's success.


Plenary Panel speakers State Legal Services Developer, Sarah Halsell and President and CEO of Alliance for Aging, Max Rothman are pictured above. Other members of the plenary included: Richard Prudom, Secretary of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs; Paul Nathanson, Founder of Justice in Aging; and Hilary Dalin, Director, Office of Elder Justice and Adult Protective Services, Administration on Community Living (ACL).


Rapid Fire panel presenters: Robin Stover, Gulfcoast Legal Services; John Clardy, Clardy Elder Law; Wynn Gerhard, Greater Boston Legal Services; Nancy Wright, Three Rivers Legal Services; Nicole Del Rio, Bay Area Legal Services; Robert Follis, Assistant Attorney General, Tampa Consumer Protection Division; Miriam Harmatz, Florida Health Justice Project; Tequisha Myles, Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County; and Mary Ann David, Legal Services of Greater Miami.

Florida Elder Justice Conference

4th Annual Oral Health Equity Summit

FHJP's presentation underscored why access to oral health coverage - including Medicare and the local safety net - is critical. 

4th Annual Oral Health Equity Summit
PowerPoint Presentation

Your support enables us to help ensure access to health care for low-income and underserved Floridians.

Thank you!