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.

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation
Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH)

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