Reaching the Summit

At the MLP Summit, Carrie Chapman, Amanda Walsh, Sarah Hess, and Amy Zimmerman hold signs that say "Medicaid Saves Lives," "Trauma-Informed Lawyering," and "Community-Based Problem Solvers."Legal Council for Health Justice participated in the 12th Annual National Medical-Legal Partnership Summit this past April in Washington, DC.  This year’s conference theme—Integrating Health and Legal Services to Transform Care Delivery—attracted a fantastic turnout of dedicated MLP (Medical-Legal Partnership) health care providers, public health researchers, social work, hospital and health care system administrators and lawyers. The director of Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children (our child health advocacy program) Amy Zimmerman, along with Dr. Nicole Hamp, Comer Children’s Hospital, and our Pre-Med Legal Care Extern Nick Leighton, were selected for a poster presentation on advocating for automatic eligibility for Early Intervention Services in IL for lead-exposed infants and toddlers. Carrie Chapman, our Director of Policy Advocacy and Strategic Innovation, presented a panel on ways MLPs can better help patient/clients meet their basic needs through strategic public benefits enrollment programs. Finally, MLP Illinois, a coalition of all the partnerships in the state, showed up in force and is working on convening a Midwest MLP group to share ideas, resources, and best practices around the region.

To view the poster Amy, Nicole, and Nick presented to 400 lawyers and doctors, click HERE.