Medical-Legal Partnership with Puentes de Salud


In July 2015, Friends of Farmworkers (now Justice at Work) and Puentes de Salud (Bridges of Health) joined forces to address the Philadelphia-area Latino immigrant community’s needs in a more holistic, effective, and comprehensive manner.


Since Puentes opened a brand new health center in May 2015, a JAW attorney has held individual consultations during walk-in clinic hours. Our attorney offers free walk-in consultations in a variety of areas, free high-quality legal services for employment-related cases, and carefully vetted referrals in other areas.


The legal issues faced by the immigrant community served at the health center include problems with rental housing, workplace health and safety, worker exploitation and wage theft, interpersonal violence, and others, all of which affect physical and mental health and well-being. 


Photo: Emma Lee/WHYY
Photo: Emma Lee/WHYY

Community Health

This partnership elevates Puentes’ foundational principle that community health is not the sole domain of health care providers; instead, health and wellness require a collaborative, multidisciplinary effort that addresses the living and working conditions that influence individuals’ vulnerability to health problems.

The MLP enables both agencies to integrate their systems in order to achieve better outcomes in cross-disciplinary cases. Our goal is to eliminate barriers and help families access the basic tools and services they need to build more stable, healthy lives.

About Puentes de Salud:

Puentes is a nonprofit organization that promotes the health and wellness of South Philadelphia’s rapidly growing Latino immigrant population through high-quality health care, innovative educational programs, and community building.

Learn more about Puentes' decade of innovative service:

Clinic Hours and Location


1700 South Street

Philadelphia, PA 19146



By appointment and walk-in on Mondays and Wednesdays.

5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.




  • Philadelphia Health Partnership