Webinars

The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership regularly hosts free webinars on different ways legal services can help health care address social determinants of health.

MLP Interventions Within the Length of Stay Variance Patient Population
Research Brief Webinar Series #1
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. Eastern Time
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The project presented in this webinar won best research poster at the 2017 MLP Summit. It will be presented by Nicole DePolo, an MD candidate at George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, investigated the impact of MLP services on a Length of Stay (LoS) variance population — patients who stay in hospitals longer than medically necessary due to lack of safe and appropriate discharge location. The researchers examined the patients’ demographics and barriers to discharge, assessed their health-harming legal needs via a standardized questionnaire; introduced MLP services to this new group, and assessed the efficacy of MLP intervention in addressing LoS variance. The webinar shares their findings, which support that LoS variance patients possess unmet civil legal needs, and that MLP can be an effective and appropriate intervention.

Meeting Vulnerable Veterans Where They Are: A Comparative Analysis of VA MLP Sites
Research Brief Webinar Series #2
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 3:00 – 3:45 p.m. Eastern Time
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The project presented in this webinar also won best research poster at the 2017 MLP Summit. It will be presented by Rose Carmen Goldberg, JD, MPA, a Skadden Fellow and Staff Attorney at Swords to Plowshares.

Different types of Department of Veterans Affairs clinics focus on markedly different types of health care services. The examination of three VA sites with MLPs in California — one VA hospital (“Hospital”), one VA Vet Center (“Center”), and one VA residential facility (“Residential”) — suggests that MLPs at different types of VA sites reach distinct segments of the veteran population, with different health-harming legal needs. This webinar will share which segments of the veteran population get their care where, and what it tells us about tailoring MLP services at different types of VA clinics.

Integrating Civil Legal Aid into Nurse-Managed Health Centers
Research Brief Webinar Series #3
Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. Eastern Time
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The project presented in this webinar received an Honorable Mention at the 2017 MLP Summit Poster session. The webinar will be led by Kelly Thompson, JD, Kristine Gonnella, MPH, and Sarah Hexem, JD from the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium.

The Nurse-led Medical-Legal Partnership Initiative stemmed from a fundamental proposition that the comprehensive, patient-centered models of care championed by nurse-led health settings create a ready-made environment for the MLP approach to thrive. The MLP approach aligns well within the nurse-led model to identify and treat health-harming legal needs, facilitate coordination of care across a patient’s multiple health and social needs, and achieve quality improvement and data tracking using electronic medical records and other technologies. The Nurse-led MLP Initiative worked with a demonstration nurse-led MLP site, helped establish three new MLPs at nurse-led clinics representing diverse funding and patient communities, and provided technical assistance through tools and resources. This webinar will share descriptive findings of key lessons learned about implementation of an MLP project in nurse-managed health centers based on process data and stakeholder feedback.