National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership (NCMLP)
January 1, 2015
This guide helps legal service providers in MLPs to reframe civil legal needs as social determinants of health and better message their work to help with health care audiences. This guide shows how civil legal aid versus health care talk about their mission, the description of impact, and description of work and where they can partner and develop a common language for talking about their work.
This guide shows how civil legal aid and health care providers can partner on issues around income, housing and utilities, education and employment, legal status, and personal stability. It identifies the civil legal aid interventions, the related social determinant of health, and impact on health/health care. The guide provides four medical-legal partnership messages for health care audiences.
- “Every low-income person has 2-3 unmet civil legal needs that create barriers to health eating, healthy housing, employment and safety. Addressing those needs improves a person’s health and helps medical treatments work more effectively” (p. 2).
- “To be effective, medical-legal partnerships must deliver many different messages based on their specific goals and the community and institutions where they work” (p. 4).
PUBLICATION DETAILSFormat: Commentary
Publication Type: Guide
Geographic coverage, US: NATIONAL
Geographic coverage, World: North America
Topics: Medical-Legal Partnerships
Case type: Health
Practice Area: Health
How Provided: Delivery Systems e.g., MLPs
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