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-related social needs.

Our Work

Recognizing the enormous potential for legal services to help health care providers respond to the social needs and deficiencies they see every day in their clinics, the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership works to create conditions in which all health organizations can leverage these services. Over the last decade, the National Center’s work has helped cultivate programs that do just that at 373 hospitals and health centers across the U.S.

Anecdotal and other early evidence from these programs and early federal investments 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.

As the leading voice for leveraging legal services inside health organizations, the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership:

conveneEducates health care providers, administrators, and insurers about the need for and impact of legal expertise and services in healthcare settings;

buildConducts research to understand trends in health care organizations and legal services, and to develop best practices for medical-legal partnerships; and

catalyzeGenerates new public and private funding streams to help pay for medical-legal partnerships.