Medical Legal Partnership (MLP)
SIU Medicine partners with The Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation and SIU medical students to address the legal needs of low-income patients and social determinants of health. This program focuses on the unmet legal needs of patients and pairs them with a no-cost lawyer that can help to address upstream, a non-clinical factor that affects health. This program introduces medical students to the complicated web of social determinants of health. It allows them to participate in a clinical setting, practice good bedside manner, and become more aware of factors that affect a patient’s health before they ever get to a hospital or clinic. The Department is evaluating if MLPs improve medical students learning about social determinants of health.
Exploring Medical-Legal Partnerships
Watch a presentation on the Medical Legal Partnership and Social Determinants of Health - Carolyn Pointer, JD and Sameer Vohra, MD, JD, MA
SIU Medical-Legal Partnership Aims to Help Families in Need
Legal Assistance Helps SIU Patients Deal with Non-Medical Challenges