About the National Center

Founded in 2006, the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership is project in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.

Our Mission

To foster a system in which all health organizations leverage legal expertise and services to better address communities’ health-harming social needs.

Our Work

The first 300 medical-legal partnership programs and early federal investments in this work demonstrate the impact legal expertise and services can have on individual patients, and hint at the potential for health care and legal professionals to join forces to promote population health. But making these collaborative services a normative part of today’s health care system requires an enormous cultural shift. That’s where we come in.

The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership conducts research, convenes meetings, develops resources, and engages in systems change to:


Educate health care providers, administrators, and insurers about the need for and impact of legal expertise and services;



buildDevelop MLP-related performance measures and create best practices for data collection and reporting; and



catalyzeCreate pathways to public and private funding to help pay for medical-legal partnerships.