Unlocking Access Hub

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Materials in the Unlocking Access Hub help to demystify a complex and often overwhelming law and policy landscape. Unlocking Access subscribers can access additional materials, designed to help communities of care become stronger partners in problem-solving with the people they serve.

On the left-hand side, you can select Resources, Training, or Research. Below, you can navigate through resource topics and the drop-down menus, and use the (+) icon to save resources for easy access in the My Favorites tab later on. Logged-in users can also view their resources on the Portal.

Resource Guide

Civil Legal Assistance Referrals by State

Options and contact information for legal assistance referrals for New England residents, organized by state and legal domain.

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COVID-19 Vaccines FAQ

Answers to frequently asked questions relating employer-based COVID-19 vaccine requirements.

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Executive Summary: A Strengths-Based Approach to Screening Families for Health-Related Social Needs

Six concrete recommendations for a strengths-based approach to social need screening with families, intending to minimize potential harm and unintended consequences.

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Glossary of Housing Legal Terms

Overview of common housing terminology for legal problem-solving.

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Helping People Achieve Housing Stability

Important information to assess potential legal rights and promote effective legal problem-solving.

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Initiating a Successful Consult with MLPB

Guidance for MLPB’s partners seeking to address an individual’s health-related social needs through legal problem-solving.

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MA Maximizing People’s Autonomy: How care teams can help people make supported decisions

Care teams know that people sometimes need a trusted individual to help them make decisions. Guardianship is the most restrictive legal tool...

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MA McKinney-Vento Rights of Students Experiencing Homelessness

Care teams partnering with families know that stability helps students thrive academically. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (McKinney-Vento) is a federal law...

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MA Resources Available to People Regardless of Immigration Status

Care teams partnering with people know that immigration status (like income level) is a threshold eligibility factor for many health-promoting resources. This...

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Issue Brief

A Strengths-Based Approach to Screening Families for Health-Related Social Needs (2018)

Six concrete recommendations for a strengths-based approach to social need screening with families, to minimize potential harm and unintended consequences.

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Aging Right in the Community: How the Integration of Case Management and Legal Problem-Solving Prevents Older Adult Homelessness (2016)

The ARC model aims to prevent elder homelessness – or reduce its severity – by strengthening the ability to detect and housing...

November 2, 2016 Learn More
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Before Crisis Hits: Embedding Legal Support in Preventive Health Care for Families with Young Children (2020)

This brief, sixth in a series, reports on the multisite implementation of the preventive legal partnership component of Project DULCE.

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From Practice to Theory: Medical-Legal Partnership Enters its Third Decade (2013)

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

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Health Starts at Home Evaluation Final Report (2021)

Authored by the Boston Foundation, Health Resources in Action, and the Urban Institute, this evaluation report details findings from the Health Starts...

June 9, 2021 Learn More
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Housing Intervention for Medically Complex Families Associated with Improved Family Health: Pilot Randomized Trial (2020)

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...

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Lawyering as Problem-Solving: Implications of Patient-Centered, Accountable Healthcare for the Legal Profession (2014)

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

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