MLP Pre-Conference at Complex Care Conference

On December 5, 2018, we’re hosting an all-day medical-legal partnership pre-conference as part of the National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs’ annual conference. You can register here.

About the Pre-Conference

Addressing Social Determinants through Medical-Legal Partnership: Fundamentals of Implementation in the Complex Care Setting
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Central Time (Lunch will be provided)
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
540 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60611

Many of the most complex health-related social problems are entrenched in federal, state, and local policies and laws. When embedded as specialists in a health care setting, lawyers can directly resolve specific problems for individual patients, while also helping clinical and non-clinical staff navigate system and policy barriers and transform institutional practices. More than 300 hospitals and health centers across the country have developed medical-legal partnerships to do just that.

This pre-conference is designed to explore ways to weave legal expertise and services into complex care practices. A combination of presentations and facilitated group discussions will explore strategies and best practices to plan and operate these cross-sector partnerships, with a special focus on screening, data collection, training, and funding. With a faculty/participant ratio of 1:10, participants will have ample opportunity to advance their understanding of how complex care practices can successfully plan for, and implement, the integration of legal services into their model.


Cost: $99 / person
Click here to register by November 19, 2018

Target Audience

This meeting is intended for clinicians, allied practitioners, care coordinators, and the range of health care leaders, administrators and students/residents who practice in the complex care framework. A small number of slots will be allocated to legal professionals who accompany their health care partners as part of a team.


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The pre-conference is hosted by the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership with expert faculty from medical-legal partnerships around the country, including:

  • Dennis Hsieh, MD, JD, Attending Physician, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Dennis Hsieh is an attending physician in the emergency department at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, CA and a recent graduate of the emergency medicine training program at Highland General Hospital – Alameda Health System, in Oakland, CA. Recognizing social factors affecting the health of communities, Dennis took a leave of absence from medical school to pursue a law degree. In law school, Dennis co-directed the Legislative Advocacy Clinic at Yale and helped found the first medical legal partnership in New Haven. After law school, he completed a two-year Equal Justice Works Fellowship with Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, and co-founded a medical legal partnership with St. John’s Well Child and Family Center in South Los Angeles and Compton. Following his fellowship, Dennis finished medical school, and during his residency he partnered with Alameda Health System and Mandela Marketplace to secure a $425,000 grant from the USDA to incentivize Highland patients to purchase fresh produce. In his current role as emergency medicine faculty at Harbor UCLA Medical Center, he is working with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services on access to care and addressing the social determinants of health for patients of Los Angeles County with a focus on screening and addressing the social determinants of health, re-entry of complex care patients from the county jail system, transitions of care of complex patients from the hospitals, and medical legal community partnerships. Dennis has his medical degree from University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard University.

  • Ellen Lawton, JD, co-Director, National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership

Ellen Lawton, JD is a Principal Investigator and Lead Research Scientist at the George Washington University where she co-leads the University’s National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership in the Department of Health Policy and Management.An expert in poverty law generally, Ms. Lawton is a lead editor of the 2011 textbook, Poverty, Health & Law: Readings from Medical-Legal Partnership. Ms. Lawton is internationally recognized for her leadership in developing the medical-legal partnership approach, and has published an array of articles describing this work in both clinical and legal journals.Ms. Lawton received the 2011 Innovations in Legal Services Award from the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, is chair of the board of directors at Health Imperatives and is a member of the board of directors of Community Resources for Justice. She also serves on the national advisory committee for the Primary Care Leadership Program.

  • Ann Mangiameli, JD, Managing Attorney of the Health, Education & Law Project (HELP) at Legal Aid of Nebraska

Ann C. Mangiameli, JD, is the Managing Attorney of the Health, Education & Law Project (HELP) at Legal Aid of Nebraska. HELP partners with eight health care systems throughout the State of Nebraska. These health care systems include eleven hospitals, three ambulatory clinics, and two federally qualified health centers. Ms. Mangiameli is currently involved in a study examining the effects of Medical Legal Partnership intervention on emergency department super users. The three year study is a collaboration of Legal Aid of Nebraska’ HELP project, Nebraska Medicine and The University of Nebraska Medical Center and is generously funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Evidence for Action. Additionally, she has served as a speaker at both local and national conferences on Medical Legal Partnerships. Ms. Mangiameli was appointed to the Advisory Council on Public Guardian for the State of Nebraska and served as the Vice-Chair. She is an Adjunct Professor at Creighton University School of Law. Ms. Mangiameli is a 1991 graduate of Creighton University School of Law.

  • Yvonne Mariajimenez, JD, Deputy Director for Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County

Yvonne is the Deputy Director for Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA), a private, non-profit law firm with a budget of $17 million and a staff of 130, including 55 lawyers, which provides free legal services and advocacy to poor and low income individuals and families residing in Los Angeles County. Yvonne helps oversee NLSLA’s four (4) Medical Legal Community Partnerships, (MLCP), which use the power of doctors, lawyers and other health professionals to identify and ameliorate the social determinants of health impacting both individual, family and community health status.She led an effort to embed MLCPs in the Los Angeles County Health system and NLSLA is currently piloting a County MLCP collaboration with legal services organizations which could lead to a LA County funded MLCP system, a significant outcome for NLSLA and all MLCPs in LA County. Yvonne focuses on policy advocacy, with Gerson Sorto, NLSLA Supervising Attorney for MLCPs, addressing systemic issues flagged by NLSLA’s MLCPs including, but not limited to meaningful access to public health coverage for low-income individuals and families, organ and bone marrow transplants and fertility preservation health coverage for adolescent, young adult patients afflicted with cancer. Yvonne earned her B.S. in Business Administration at USC and her J.D. at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. She is proficient in the Spanish language.

  • Jeffrey Martin, MD, FAAFP, Associate Director of the Lancaster General Health Family Medicine Residency Program

Dr. Martin is Associate Director of the Lancaster General Health Family Medicine Residency Program and Managing Physician for Care Connections. He attended the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine where he obtained his M.D. degree with honors in 1993. In 1997 he completed his family medicine residency at Lancaster General Hospital. During residency he received the Mead-Johnson Award for Family Practice Graduate Medicine. He co-directs the community medicine and population health curriculum and directs the Population Health Fellowship. He is involved with several community endeavors including a long-term drug-rehab program for women and children, founding member of The Partnership for Public Health and current chair and member of the Lancaster County Lead Coalition. He provides clinical leadership to LGH’s, high-risk, complex-care clinic called Care Connections which cares for persons with complex health and social needs utilizing a multi-disciplinary, team-based approach, treating more than 500 people over the past 5 years and incorporating numerous innovative interventions including a Medical/Legal Partnership and protective financial case management.

  • Samantha Morton, JD, CEO of The Medical-Legal Partnership | Boston (MLPB)

Samantha J. Morton is CEO of MLPB. Ms. Morton is a national expert on how upstream problem-solving strategies can address social determinants of health, and on the power of the health and human service workforces to reduce health disparities and advance health equity for individuals, families and communities. She is leading MLPB’s evidence-based participation in cross-sector integration, accountable care and patient-centered medical home transformation — including the DULCE national demonstration project and a Massachusetts Health Policy Commission-funded study of a “high dose” CHW-“low dose” MLPB public interest lawyer intervention for high-need, high-cost patients treated at Boston Medical Center’s adult emergency department. Before joining MLPB, Ms. Morton was a litigation associate at Hale & Dorr LLP (now WilmerHale) and a judicial clerk at the United States District Court for the District of Maine. She received her law degree from the University of Michigan School of Law and her BA from Cornell University.

  • Kerry Rodabaugh, MD, Director of the Medical Legal Partnership at the University of Nebraska Medical Center

Kerry Rodabaugh holds a degree in Biochemistry from East Carolina University, a medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine and a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke. She traveled north for a fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston and in 1997 and became a junior faculty member at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center at the University of Missouri. It was here that she found herself confronted with multiple patients who were single parents diagnosed with recurrent cervical cancer, a terminal illness. In most cases, they had not made any plans or arrangements for their, soon to be orphaned, children. In an attempt to provide relief,  she teamed up with social workers and attorneys from the law school to provide resources for this issue. She relocated to Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY, where this work morphed into a medical legal partnership that provided free legal services to indigent patients. 6 years later, she was recruited to the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Part of her recruitment package was funding the establishment of a medical legal partnership for the cancer center. This partnership has grown and expanded to now cover multiple services caring for patients with serious illnesses, including primary care centers. As the Director and Medical Champion of the Medical Legal Partnership and the Director of the Gynecologic Oncology Division here at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Kerry Rodabaugh is continuing her efforts towards her long term goal of launching a national campaign to introduce the need for legal services into all cancer centers nationwide and make the provision of these services to indigent cancer patients a standard of care.