Mission & History

Mission of  Medical-Legal Partnership Children

Medical-legal partnership draws on the strengths of two powerful professions in order to reduce health disparities for vulnerable populations by addressing the social determinants of health.

The Medical-Legal Partnership for Children National Center seeks to cultivate medical-legal partnership in various clinical settings nationwide by providing technical assistance and funding to burgeoning partnership sites and leading the Medical-Legal Partnership Network as it works to simultaneously transform health care for vulnerable populations and the service delivery model of legal aid to improve the health and well-being of families.

The Medical-Legal Partnership for Children History

The Medical-Legal Partnership for Children was founded in 1993 by Chief of Pediatrics Dr. Barry Zuckerman. In the fall of 2005, MLPC received grants from the W. K. Kellogg and Robert Wood Johnson Foundations to create a national center for medical-legal partnership with the specific focus of providing technical assistance and funding to burgeoning partnership sites while developing and cultivating the Medical-Legal Partnership Network. There are now close to 80 sites across the country — partnerships between front-line health care providers and lawyers seeking to positively impact the lives of vulnerable populations.

 

*The above information was taken from the archives of mlpforchildren.org 2006

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Medical-legal partnership promotes health and well-being by drawing on the strengths of two powerful professions to ensure families' basic needs--for food, housing, and safety and stability--are met.