Medical-legal partnership: Lessons from five diverse MLPs in New Haven, Connecticut

J Law Med Ethics

This article examines five different Medical-Legal Partnerships (MLPs) associated with Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut to illustrate how MLP addresses the social determinants of poor health. These MLPs address varied and distinct health and legal needs of unique patient populations, including: 1) children; 2) immigrants; 3) formerly incarcerated individuals; 4) patients with cancer in palliative care; and 5) veterans. The article charts a research agenda to create the evidence base for quality and evaluation metrics, capacity building, sustainability, and best practices; it also focuses specifically on a research agenda that identifies the value of the lawyers in MLP. Such a focus on the "L" has been lacking and is overdue.

Benfer EA, Gluck AR, Kraschel KL. Medical-legal partnership: Lessons from five diverse MLPs in New Haven, Connecticut. J Law Med Ethics. 2018;46(3):602-609. PMID: 30336104. DOI: 10.1177/1073110518804210.

Publication Year: 
2018
Resource Type: 
Peer Reviewed Research
Study Design: 
Other Study Design
Social Determinant of Health: 
Legal Services
Population: 
Children and Youth
Immigrants
Outcomes: 
Process
Cost
Screening Research: 
No