MLCP Impact Report: Meeting Legal Needs to Advance Health Equity in the Safety-Net

Friday, April 29, 2022

By LAC-DHS, Bet Tzedek Legal Services, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Mental Health Advocacy Services, and Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County

“The COVID-19 pandemic made clear what health advocates have known for decades: poverty has a direct–and devastating–impact on health. MLCP-LA was founded to address these disparities, and I am so proud of how we worked together to respond to our clients’ growing, critical needs. I hope this report can serve as a roadmap for the development of medical-legal partnerships during a public health emergency.”

Gerson Sorto, Esq.

Supervising Attorney, Medical-Legal Community Partnerships

See how the Medical-Legal Community Partnership (MLCP) is addressing legal needs to advance health equity in Los Angeles County. Launched in 2018, MLCP is an initiative of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (LAC-DHS) that provides no-cost civil legal assistance to patients. The March 2022 Impact Report, developed by LAC-DHS in partnership with Bet Tzedek Legal ServicesLegal Aid Foundation of Los AngelesMental Health Advocacy Services, and Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, is focused on MLCP’s key achievements since its inception, especially to meet the unique pandemic-related demands. Dedicated sections feature:

  • Program Overview,
  • Legal Services for Health,
  • MLCP Impact and Outcomes,
  • Increasing MLCP Services During the Pandemic,
  • Lessons Learned and
  • Recommendations.