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ACS, BLSA Series: 'Strengthen Your Understanding: Honest Perspectives on Access and Healthcare'

Thursday, 10 September, 2020

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SLU LAW's American Constitution Society (ACS) and Black Law Students Association (BLSA) will host a five-week series titled "Strengthen Your Understanding: Honest Perspectives" at 5 p.m. on Thursdays covering topics related to racial injustice in St. Louis.

The series will run from Aug. 27 through Sept. 24, via Zoom.
Register in advance at this link:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

1.2 hours MO CLE credit available, including 1.2 ethics hours and 1.2 elimination of bias hours.

Sept. 10: Access and Healthcare
Week 3 will be presented by Elizabeth Larsen, J.D., (Law ’16) and Earlene Bolton, M.H.A., M.A.

Liz LarsenElizabeth Larsen, J.D.
Attorney, Public Benefits Group, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
Elizabeth Larsen, J.D. works in the Public Benefits group at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM). In her role, she advocates on behalf of low-income individuals to resolve issues with their public benefits, including Medicaid and Food Stamps, through negotiations with the state benefits agency. She represent clients in administrative hearings to appeal terminations and denials of Medicaid for Disability coverage and engages in systemic advocacy efforts to ensure those who qualify have meaningful access to public benefits.

Larsen previously worked with the Youth and Family Advocacy group at LSEM, where she provided homeless, unaccompanied youth with legal assistance in areas such as public benefits, consumer issues, municipal legal court, name changes and advice on other legal matters. Working cohesively with program social workers, Larsen provides holistic advocacy in efforts to increase client stability.


Earlene BoltonEarlene Bolton, M.H.A., M.A.
Outreach Coordinator, Connecting Kids to Coverage Program, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
Earlene Bolton brings nine years of experience in the field of social services and advocacy for underserved populations. Bolton has a master’s in health administration and a master’s in nonprofit leadership and is currently the outreach coordinator for the Connecting Kids to Coverage Program, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM), where she forms relationships with school district staff and community partners to increase access to health care for families and children. At LSEM, she also assisted former program director Elizabeth Larsen, J.D., with addressing the systemic issues associated with unaccompanied youth accessing Medicaid, which led to a revision in the state Medicaid policy. She additionally serves as the committee chair for the ARCHS’ MO HealthNet Partnership Committee.

Prior to working with LSEM, Bolton worked for BJC Behavioral Health and Queen of Peace Center. In these roles, she advocated to improve client access to Medicaid, SNAP and other programs and built relationships with community partners to reduce barriers that limited access to public benefits.


Series Schedule
Aug. 27: The History of Racial Injustice in St. Louis
Sept. 3: Race, Education and Property
Sept. 10: Access and Healthcare
Sept. 17: Violence Against Black Bodies and the Police
Sept. 24: Racial Injustice in St. Louis. Where do we go from here?

Contact Raina Brooks and Chandni Challa with questions.

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