Article: Transforming primary care by addressing the legal needs of vulnerable populations

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

By Megan Sandel, Mark Hansen, Robert Kahn, Ellen Lawton, Edward Paul, Victoria Parker, Samantha Morton & Barry Zuckerman Health Affairs

Health care is undermined when patients don’t receive the benefit of laws intended to address social determinants of health, such as housing and food. This article describes the use of the I-HELP assessment tool to identify patient problems that are responsive to legal intervention. It also outlines how medical-legal partnerships can change clinical systems in ways such as adding legal form letters to electronic health records.