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.”

Recommendations for health care delivery that incorporates preventive law in innovations in accountable care organizations and patient centered medical homes.

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

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

The Project DULCE intervention generated reduced emergency department utilization, enhanced adherence to preventive care, and greater access to concrete supports.

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