Optimizing the Health Impacts of Civil Legal Aid Interventions: The Public Health Framework of Medical-Legal Partnerships

Ellen Lawton & Elizabeth Tobin Tyler, Optimizing the Health Impacts of Civil Legal Aid Interventions: The Public Health Framework of Medical-Legal Partnerships, Rhode Island Medical Journal 97(7): 23-26 (July 2013).

4 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2014

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Ellen Lawton

Medical-Legal Partnership for Children

Liz Tobin-Tyler

Brown University - School of Public Health and Alpert Medical School

Date Written: July 2013

Abstract

Research documents the significance of the social determinants of health – the social and environmental conditions in which people live, work and play. A critical foundation of these social and environmental conditions are laws and regulations, which construct the environments in which individuals and populations live, influencing how and when people face disease. Increasingly, healthcare providers, public health professionals and lawyers concerned with social determinants are joining forces to form Medical-Legal Partnerships (MLPs) which offer a preventive approach to address the complex social, legal and systemic problems that affect the health of vulnerable populations. Now in more than 500 health and legal institutions across the country, including Rhode Island, MLP is a healthcare delivery model that integrates legal assistance as a vital component of healthcare. This article explores the many benefits of the MLP model for improving patient health, transforming medical and legal practice and institutions and generating policy changes that specifically address health disparities and social determinants.

Keywords: health disparities, social determinants, medical-legal partnership, healthcare reform

Suggested Citation

Lawton, Ellen and Tobin-Tyler, Liz, Optimizing the Health Impacts of Civil Legal Aid Interventions: The Public Health Framework of Medical-Legal Partnerships (July 2013). Ellen Lawton & Elizabeth Tobin Tyler, Optimizing the Health Impacts of Civil Legal Aid Interventions: The Public Health Framework of Medical-Legal Partnerships, Rhode Island Medical Journal 97(7): 23-26 (July 2013)., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2429782

Ellen Lawton

Medical-Legal Partnership for Children ( email )

United States

Liz Tobin-Tyler (Contact Author)

Brown University - School of Public Health and Alpert Medical School ( email )

Providence, RI 02912
United States

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