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Grant supports medical-legal partnerships

Monday, July 8, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Amy Seasholtz
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The Philadelphia-based National Nursing Centers Consortium received a three-year, $601,200 grant from the Kresge Foundation of Detroit to expand medical-legal partnerships into its network of more than 200 nurse-led health centers across the country.

The "Nurse-MLP Initiative” is a partnership between the National Nursing Centers Consortium, an affiliate of Public Health Management Corp. of Philadelphia; Philadelphia’s Legal Clinic for the Disabled; the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership; and Abbottsford Falls Clinic at the Family Practice and Counseling Network, a network of nurse-led clinics in Philadelphia.

The aim of the medical-legal partnership model is to improve health outcomes for low-income individuals by integrating attorneys into health-care teams to address health-related legal needs, such as unsafe housing or food insecurity.

"The Nurse-MLP Initiative provides us with an excellent opportunity to demonstrate how effective medical-legal partnerships can be in the nurse-led setting,” said Jamie Ware, attorney and NNCC’s policy director and initiative co-director.

Michelle Lehr O’Connell, director at Abbottsford Falls, said many of the people they serve have issues that go beyond their physical health. "Providing access to a legal professional can potentially make a world of difference in the lives of our patients,” she said.