The Medical-Legal Partnership for Children (now Medical-Legal Partnership | Boston) was awarded the AHA NOVA Award today by the American Hospital Association. The award recognizes collaborative hospital-led programs that improve community health by extending help to low-income and uninsured children and adults, the chronically ill and racial and ethnic minorities.
“A hospital through its good work will make itscommunity healthier, safer and a better place to live,” said AHA president and CEO Rich Umbdenstock. “The AHA NOVA Award recognizes those hospitals, individuals, and programs that have taken the extra step and are examples of what all hospitals should strive for and what all communities hope to achieve.”
For over 13 years, the Medical-Legal Partnership for Children at Boston Medical Center has worked through a child’s pediatrician to connect families with legal advocates to assist with matters ranging from mediation with landlords and utility companies to helping a family gain access to income supports like the food stamp program. Today with a staff of 10 lawyers and paralegals the MLPC has served over 869 families. The program’s use of “preventative law” has been adopted by others and helps improve health conditions of children and families by identifying problems before they become crises.