Medical-legal partnership: Innovative collaboration in a new healthcare environment
Health Education and Legal Assistance Project: A Medical-Legal Partnership (HELP: MLP) is a collaboration between Crozer-Keystone Healthy Start and Nurse Family Partnership, and Widener University School of Law serving low-income residents in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Legal and social work staff collaborate to remedy a variety of issues faced by clients including housing, public benefits, debt collection issues and domestic violence. Since its inception in 2009, HELP: MLP has resolved over 220 legal issues, conducted more than 15 trainings for health care and social work providers and has educated more than 25 students from multiple disciplines.
HELP: MLP partnered with public health faculty from Thomas Jefferson University to collect quantitative and qualitative data assessing the project's feasibility and impact on patient health, stress, and self-efficacy. Additionally, data was collected from HELP: MLP and social work staff to assess changes in advocacy capacity, knowledge and practice. Results show that HELP: MLP services have been successful in reducing client stress and increasing provider knowledge and advocacy capacity.
Learning Areas:Advocacy for health and health education
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Other professions or practice related to public health
Describe how the Medical-Legal Partnership model can improve health outcomes by addressing harmful social determinants through legal advocacy. Describe the process and impact evaluation tools and strategies that can be integrated into a Medical-Legal Partnership. Describe the ways in which Medical-Legal Partnership transform healthcare practice and systemic policies.
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked with HELP: MLP since its inception assisting with program planning and evaluation, legal research and administrative functions.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.