Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc.

Medical-Legal Partnership Summit

Medical-Legal Partnerships (MLPs) are an important option for addressing the legal issues that affect the overall health of low-income and vulnerable patients. In an MLP, health care staff - doctors, nurses, social workers, etc. -- are trained to screen for health-related legal issues, refer the patient to an affiliated lawyer or legal services team as necessary, and work with the attorney to resolve problems that impact patient health.

MLPs provide proactive legal from within a health care setting. They assist patients with securing health care and other public benefits, address housing issues and family problems, and other concerns that can affect a patient's health, that are often more successfully remedied through legal means.

This presentation examines the role that MLPs can play in addressing the unmet legal needs that negatively affect health care patients.

Part 1:

Introduction and Meeting Objectives

Policy Implications: MLP's Impacts on Community Health and Health Care Reform

Part 2:

Panel Discussion and questions from the audience: Opportunities, Challenges, Next Steps

Date of original presentation: 06/09/2011

Presenters: Barry Zuckerman, M.D., Founder National Center for MLP, Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center, Joel and Barbara Alpert Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine, Professor of Pediatrics, Boston School of Medicine; Steven Blatt, M.D., Faculty, Center for Children's Health Policy, Department of Pediatrics, SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Associate Professor (by courtesy of appointment), College of Law, Syracuse University; Randye Retkin, Esq., Director, LegalHealth, New York Legal Assistance Group; Kathleen Grimm, M.D., University Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, Adolescent Division of Women & Children's Hospital

Moderated by Kim Diana Conolly, J.D., LL.M., Professor, University at Buffalo Law School

Total viewing time (Part 1 and Part2): 2 hours 52 minutes

CLE credit: 2.0 Skills (non-transitional). Part 1 and Part 2 of this presentation must be viewed in order to receive CLE credit.

Cost for viewing this training if CLE credit is requested: $40.00; for paid 2011-2012 members of the UB Law Alumni Association, the charge is $20.00. There is no charge for viewing this training unless CLE credit is requested.

The University at Buffalo Law School has a financial hardship policy. For further information on our policy, contact Lisa Mueller, CLE Coordinator at (716) 645-3176 or

Newly admitted attorneys in New York State cannot receive CLE credit for online training.

If you are an attorney who is not licensed in New York State and want CLE credit, please check to see if your state allows New York State CLE credits to be applied to your state's CLE requirements.

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