Medical-legal partnerships (MLPs) integrate legal services into health care settings to provide holistic care and address the social determinants of health. This article brings a legal-empowerment lens to MLP work, arguing for a stronger focus on communities. It examines the application to MLPs of bringing services to communities, investing in rights literacy, and partnering with community-based paralegals. It then outlines the potential for a transformation in health and legal services to a rights - rather than needs-based framework where communities are active partners in program design and development.
Tamar Ezer, Medical-Legal Partnerships with Communities: Legal Empowerment to Transform Care, 17 Yale J. Health Pol'y L. & Ethics 209 (2017).