This month a new DULCE paper was published in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Entitled Cross-Sector Approach Expands Screening and Addresses Health-Related Social Needs in Primary Care, the paper presents data collected at 5 DULCE sites that shows:
- an increase in family engagement with well-child visits; and
- reliable detection of, and responses to, health-related social needs disclosed by families.
Read the paper lead-authored by MaryCatherine Arbour here, as well as a companion blog post published by the Center for the Study of Social Policy.
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.
Children’s HealthWatch at BMC report on a pilot population-specific model that integrates health, housing, legal, and social services can improve health-related outcomes at the household level.
Burden of socio-legal concerns among vulnerable patients seeking cancer care services at an urban safety-net hospital: a cross-sectional survey (2016)
Cross-sectional survey of cancer care patients demonstrates need for innovation in cancer care delivery to address socio-legal concerns.
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.