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.

Submitting Workshop Proposals and Research Abstracts

The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership seeks two types of submissions: (1) proposals for workshop sessions; and (2) research abstracts for oral presentation and for poster presentation. We will release the RFP for both in October 2016.

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 will open in November 2016.


*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 10, 2017.

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. You will also be able to book a hotel room in this block starting in November 2016.

Professional Continuing Education Credit

Continuing education credit will be available for attorneys, nurses, physicians, and social workers who attend the conference. Detailed information will be available in the fall.