Annual Medical-Legal Partnership Summit

Integrating Health and Legal Services to Transform Care Delivery

The 12th Annual Medical-Legal Partnership Summit
April 5-7, 2017 • National Harbor, Maryland
The Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

Dr. Jeff Brenner, Executive Director of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, is the keynote speaker for the 2017 Summit.

Dr. Jeff Brenner, Executive Director of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, is the keynote speaker for the 2017 Summit.

This year’s Summit, headlined by keynote speaker Dr. Jeff Brenner from the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, will host leaders and practitioners from the public and private sectors for a national conversation about how to integrate health and legal services to better address the social determinants of health.

Nearly 300 hospitals and health centers across the United States already embed lawyers in their healthcare teams to tackle some of the most complex social problems impeding health and wellbeing, to improve the quality of healthcare, and to reduce healthcare costs. As the nation moves toward a system of value-based healthcare, the Summit is a chance for those in the allied health, health, law, and public health fields to advance this transformation by sharing research, insights, and best practices about where and how to most effectively integrate civil legal assistance with healthcare and community services to improve individual and population health, and to transform the nation’s healthcare system to be one based on value and health equity.

The Summit is hosted by the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership, in conjunction with Boston University School of Medicine. Click here for answers to the most FAQs about the 2017 MLP Summit. If you have additional questions, please contact Kate Marple at

Who Should Attend?

In 2016, the Summit was attended by 400 people, including health center and hospital CEOs; civil legal aid executive directors; leaders from government agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; staff from professional organizations, including the Association of American Medical Colleges; and allied health, healthcare, legal, and public health practitioners working on the front-lines of service delivery.

The Summit is approved for continuing education credit for doctors, lawyers, nurses, and social workers who attend. We encourage attendance from: (1) Administrators and front-line practitioners from allied health, healthcare, law, and public health fields; (2) Faculty, researchers, and students from law, medical, nursing, public health, and social work schools; and (3) Representatives from government and professional associations.

Call for Workshop Proposals and Research Abstracts

The deadline to submit a workshop proposal has passed. We will notify everyone who submitted a proposal of session decisions by mid-January.

Due Friday, January 27, 2017 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time / 5 p.m. Pacific Time
Download the research abstract guidelines
Submit a research abstract

We want to feature the newest and best quantitative and qualitative research highlighting the value of integrating health and legal services for individuals, for communities, and for the healthcare system. Two research abstracts will be selected for 20-minute oral presentations in general session on Friday, April 7. Each oral presentation will be delivered by a single speaker. Twenty additional abstracts will be selected for poster presentations during an accredited poster session on Thursday, April 6 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Click here to see a poster example from a previous MLP Summit.

Abstracts must focus on original research and outline specific findings on the impact of integrated health and legal services on individuals, communities, or the healthcare system. We seek two types of abstracts, those that share: (1) quantitative or qualitative data (including survey data, training data, or clinical data); (2) descriptions of lessons learned about practice or policy innovations.

Summit Agenda and Pre-Conference

The main meeting will open at 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2017 and adjourn at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 7. The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Jeff Brenner, Executive Director of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers. A full Summit agenda will be available online in January 2017.

There will be also be an optional pre-conference on Wednesday, April 5 from 1 – 6 p.m., which will discuss the intersection of communities’ health and legal needs, help participants begin to develop and evaluate integrated health and legal programs in their organizations, and provide a critical introduction to more advanced Summit topics on Thursday and Friday. We strongly encourage all first time Summit attendees to register for the pre-conference.

Registration Information

Registration for the 2017 Summit is now open!


  1. Go to:
  2. Create an account and login
  3. Select “Make a Payment”
  4. Select your conference rate. *Note: if you submitted a workshop proposal, please wait to register until you know if your session has been accepted and you qualify for the workshop speaker rate. Everyone who submitted a proposal will be notified in late January, in advance of the early bird registration deadline.
  5. If you wish to also attend Wednesday’s MLP 101 pre-conference, select that option.
  6. Enter your information, credit card information, and submit.


  1. Contact the Boston University CME office to register and pay by check at (617) 638-4605, (800) 688-2475, or
  2. When paying by check, we recommend creating an account at before calling the BU CME office so that they may address your request with the most expediency. However, do not fill out the Summit registration form, as you will not be able to submit it without entering credit card information.



*Full-time undergraudate and post-graduate students are eligible for the student rate. Medical residents may also register at the student rate.
**Individuals who submit workshop proposals will be notified if their session was accepted by late January (in advance of the early bird registration deadline.)
***The early bird registration rate is valid until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, February 24, 2017.


Click here to apply for a scholarship.
Applications due Friday, February 17, 2017 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time / 5 p.m. Pacific Time

The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership offers a finite number of half-price tuition scholarships to participants. These scholarships apply to the individual tuition rate only ($400 Thurs/Fri or $475 Wed/Thurs/Fri), and provide a discounted registration rate of $200 for Thurs/Fri or $250 for Wed/Thurs/Fri. These scholarships do NOT include hotel or travel expenses. All applicants will be notified of waiver decisions by Wednesday, February 22, 2017, in advance of the early bird registration deadline.

Anyone is welcome to apply. HOWEVER,

  1. Scholarships cannot be applied to the student rate, and students should not apply, as the $200 student rate is a better option for students.
  2. Because scholarships are limited, we cannot give them to multiple individuals from the same organization. We ask that you select internally who will apply for a scholarship.
  3. Due to high demand, we do not award scholarships to individuals who received them for the MLP Summit within the last two years.

We will grant scholarships to individuals from all professional backgrounds, but will use half the available scholarships to prioritize participation from health care team members from health centers and VA Medical Centers.

Hotel Information

Gaylord National Harbor Hotel 2Gaylord National Resort &
Convention Center

201 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, Maryland, 20745

We have reserved a block of rooms at a discounted rate of $259 / night. Click here to book your room online (the discounted rate will automatically be applied). The discounted room rate is available until March 6, 2017 at 6 p.m. Eastern Time or until the block sells out, whichever comes first. Please note that our room block at previous Summits has sold out a few weeks before the event, so be sure to book early.

Professional Continuing Education Credit

Continuing education credit will be available for attorneys, nurses, physicians, and social workers who attend the conference. Information on the number of credits will be updated below in early 2017 once the agenda has been released.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Boston University School of Medicine and the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership at the George Washington University. Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 credit™.

This educational activity has been provided by Continuing Nursing Education Provider Unit, Boston University School of Medicine and jointly-provided by the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership at the George Washington University

Continuing Nursing Education Provider Unit, Boston University School of Medicine is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.