Legal Information And Rights Education As An Element of Care: A Promising Health Justice Strategy (2021)

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.”

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.

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Home visitors learn more about a family’s situation than other professionals, allowing for preventive legal problem-solving.

This pilot partnership aims to build skills and knowledge among current and future workforce members relating to social determinants of health.

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MLPB’s team-facing legal partnering model connects the dots between access to justice and family wellbeing, bolstering early childhood sector goals at household, system policy levels.

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Medical-Legal Partnership has evolved from referral-based advocacy for individual patients to one of structured integration of preventive law to advance population health.

Coauthored by ELAHP, the ARC model aims to prevent elder homelessness – or reduce its severity – by strengthening the ability to detect and housing instability risks, provide urgent care for complex legal problems, and affect systems change.

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