Health Care Legal Partnerships: Advancing Health Equity


Colleen McDonald Diouf
Chief Executive Officer, Community University Health Care Center (CUHCC)

Eileen Weber, DNP, JD, BSN, PHN, RN
Clinical Assistant Professor, U of M School of Nursing, Upper Midwest Healthcare Legal Partnership Learning Collaborative

Session Details

Date and time: Tuesday, April 4, 3:45-4:45 p.m.
Learning track: Health Equity
Learning level: Beginning or Intermediate

Session Description

One in six low income persons needs legal help to improve their health such as eliminating the need for a kidney transplant by restoring food stamps to a wrongfully denied diabetic patient, or reducing emergency department visits by demanding that a landlord remove mold. Healthcare Legal Partnerships (HLPs) exist to meet needs like these by adding lawyers to the healthcare team. Minnesota has 11 HLPs and growing and the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration includes legal aid as a Federally Qualified Health Center "enabling service." This presentation offers strategies and resources to help those working to advance health equity by exploring the potential of starting an HLP.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify strategies for using healthcare legal partnerships to combat negative social determinants of health.
  • Explore possible funding sources to support healthcare legal partnerships.
  • Describe the effectiveness and return on investment (ROI) of healthcare legal partnerships.