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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The Project DULCE intervention led to improvements in preventive health care delivery and utilization and accelerated access to concrete supports among low-income families.

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

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.