The Unique Role of Medical-Legal Partnerships in Helping Health Centers Address Disability & Chronic Disease Discrimination | Webinar Series

By The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership, Health Outreach Partners

The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership (NCMLP), in collaboration with Health Outreach Partners (HOP), offered four 90-minute webinars designed to help health centers address and redress discrimination against people living with disabilities or chronic disease. Given the prevalence of chronic diseases like diabetes, asthma, HIV/AIDS, depression, heart disease, and others, many health center patients face discrimination at work or school, when accessing services or public places, or otherwise navigating daily life because of these conditions. While different groups of people have unique experiences with this discrimination—for example, migrant and seasonal agricultural workers and individuals with immigration status—health center patients facing disability discrimination may have limited access to quality, informed legal services. Health centers play a key role in identifying discrimination at its earliest stages and will learn how to mitigate it by leveraging their own medical authority and resources within the community.

This series explored:

  • Disability Discrimination 101: Understanding the Legal Protections, Common Barriers, and the Role of Health Centers in Ending Discrimination (April 27, 2022) – Download the Slides
  • Disability and Chronic Disease Discrimination with Kids: Navigating the Health Center’s Role in Securing Legal Protections for Pediatric Patient (May 11, 2022) – Download the Slides
  • The New Kid on the Disability Block: COVID-19 and Emerging Issues (May 25, 2022) – Download the Slides
  • Building a Disability/Chronic Disease MLP (June 8, 2022) Download the Slides

Tip Sheet

In addition to the four-part webinar series, Katie Hathaway created a Tip Sheet for health centers to screen and help their patients with disabilities or chronic diseases. Visit the publication’s page to learn more and download.

Additional Resources

Click to view the webinar on ‘ Using the Medical-Legal Partnership Approach to Help Health Center Patients with Long-COVID’ hosted on January 25, 2023.


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Disclaimer: This is a HRSA-Funded training event for Health Centers. The event as well as content and resources shared by panelists are not for press purposes.