An MLPB Interview Series with Early Childhood System-Builders
Compiled May 24, 2022 as part of the 18-month MLPB-convened Building Legal Problem-Solving Capacity in the Early Childhood Sector planning process. Thank you to our planning process partner communities for contributing to this interview series (see below) and to The JPB Foundation for making the planning process possible.
In this Health Affairs blog, MLPB CEO Samantha Morton describes how cutting-edge communities of care are embracing collective responsibility by systematically incorporating legal information and rights education into social care planning and delivery.
“Encouraging communities of care to integrate legal information and rights education is an important and underleveraged strategy to advance health justice.”
Authored by the Boston Foundation, Health Resources in Action, and the Urban Institute, this evaluation report details findings from the Health Starts at Home program. MLPB was a partner in the Housing Prescriptions as Health Care program with Children’s HealthWatch, Project Hope, Boston Housing Authority, Boston Public Health Commission, Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation, Boston Medical Center – Problem Solving Education, and Boston Medical Center (BMC) HealthNet Plan.
This recently published commentary in the Rhode Island Medical Journal was a collaborative effort from MLPB and Care Transformation Collaborative – Rhode Island. To advance quality and impact of social care, organizations and systems should break down silos of knowledge and problem-solving pathways. Welcoming legal education and problem-solving insight within the community health workforce is an important first step.
Project DULCE is a universal intervention emphasizing concrete supports and improving parent knowledge of child development and parenting. It is cost-effective, efficient, and suitable for widespread replication.
Medical-Legal Partnership has evolved from referral-based advocacy for individual patients to one of structured integration of preventive law to advance population health.
Patients undergoing cancer care treatment require tailored screening, navigation, and legal problem-solving to address health-related social needs.
Home visitors learn more about a family’s situation than other professionals, allowing for preventive legal problem-solving.