October 19, 2018
Psychologists as Advocates for Social Justice
Nancy Wright and Dr. Bob Guenther
Nancy Wright is a sole practitioner in Gainesville, Florida, focusing primarily on Medicaid home and community-based services for adults and children with disabilities and the elderly. She is also works with Three River Legal Services as Director of the UF Health Senior Medical-Legal Partnership, a project with UF Shands to identify and provide legal services to vulnerable older patients with unmet legal needs impacting health. Her legal advocacy has included successful administrative hearings, rule challenges, state court appeals and federal lawsuits under both the Medicaid Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. She has co-counseled with both Disability Rights Florida and Southern Legal Counsel in federal actions challenging both the Agency for Persons with Disabilities and the Agency for Health Care Administration in their operation of Medicaid Waiver programs.
November 16, 2018
An Interview with Joan Flocks
Joan Flocks is the Director of Social Policy for the Center for Governmental Responsibility (CGR). She teaches courses and publishes in the areas of social justice lawyering, poverty law, and environmental justice. She was previously an assistant professor at the UF College of Medicine and before that worked for many years as a legal services attorney in Florida. She has worked as a project manager, consultant, and investigator on several environmental justice and community-based participatory research projects, focusing on topics including farmworker occupational and environmental health, farmworker housing, community health assessment, TANF recipient health perspectives, worker eye safety, worker reproductive health, and community vulnerability and resiliency. She has been involved both internationally and domestically in applied projects and presentations to governmental agencies on diverse topics such post-political settlement resolution, conflict resolution, substandard housing, and community environmental health. She received her M.A. in Latin American Studies and her J.D. from the University of Florida.