Because 50 million Americans need legal care to be healthy
Every day, unmet civil legal needs keep vulnerable Americans from getting and staying healthy. Children live in unsafe housing. Seniors are wrongly denied insurance and long-term care coverage. Veterans return home without access to durable medical equipment. Despite this health/law connection and the fact that healthcare institutions and civil legal aid offices have long treated the same patients/clients, there has never been a coordinated effort to address these problems until now.
Our mission is to build a healthcare system that deploys the expertise of the country’s existing public and pro bono civil legal aid community to identify, treat and prevent health-harming legal needs as part of basic, quality healthcare at every healthcare institution serving low-income people. We believe this transformation is critical to helping the most vulnerable Americans get and stay healthy.
The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership is a project of the George Washington University School of Public Health and Public Health Services' Department of Health Policy, which for 15 years has been at the forefront of innovative, cross-cutting health policy research and education.
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