Download the full Summit agenda (updated August 9)

Join us for two days packed with opportunities to learn from multidisciplinary health care teams across the country about harnessing the power of law and legal advocacy to help individual patients, tackle complex systems that influence physical and mental health, and build upstream policy solutions that enable communities to thrive. Sessions begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday, September 19, 2019, and the Summit adjourns at 3 p.m. on Friday, September 20, 2019. Questions? Contact April Daniels.

The Summit features:

  • Three plenary sessions
  • 24 workshops
  • Research posters
  • Census 2020 sessions to train participants to help ensure communities are accurately counted
  • A new breakthrough series
  • Plenty of opportunities to network. All attendees are invited to a welcome reception on Wednesday, September 18 at 6 p.m. at the Gaylord, sponsored by Children’s Law Center and Whitman-Walker Health. Mark your calendar and plan your travel accordingly!

Presenters at the 2019 Summit bring a variety of perspectives from different sectors and communities, and a quarter of workshops include consumers sharing their experiences, expertise, and advocacy. Workshops at the Summit are grouped into three tracks:


Special education. Supportive decision-making. Accessing gender affirming care. Immigration status. The transition from childhood to adulthood. Workshops in this track each take a deep dive into one health-harming social factor and its possible health effects, or into the needs of one at-risk population. They trace a health care organization’s multidisciplinary response to that issue, including the role of legal services in addressing it.


Leveraging the Electronic Health Record. Data collection. Strengths-based social needs screening. This track explores the clinical environment and ways that integrating legal advocacy into a multidisciplinary health care team improves performance. Topics relate to workforce capacity, data exchange, workflow, and quality improvement.


Advocacy to end immigration detention. Changes to federal housing policies around lead. Legislative change to expand medical coverage. Organizing to address environmental and redevelopment policies. Sessions in this track focus on ways that community stakeholders of all kinds work together to proactively change legislative, regulatory, and administrative policies related to health and well-being. Workshops explore both grassroots approaches to advocating for change in communities as well as efforts driven by health care institutions and payors.