The health and well-being of individuals and communities requires that we look at the whole person and community to see the root of illness and the pathway to health. Millions of people are made ill or have their access to healthcare threatened because laws are unenforced or poorly written and because benefits are wrongfully denied. We should not continue to spend the resources of legal aid and healthcare by addressing the same problems in the same communities without the benefit of shared data, expertise and effort. Working together, addressing legal needs as part of healthcare, we can better treat and prevent the social problems that so often lie at the heart of illness. Medical-legal partnership bridges this divide.
The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership hosts free webinars every month to help medical-legal partnership (MLP) practitioners and those looking to develop MLPs strengthen aspects of their programs.