The Medical-Legal Partnership Model: Current Programs and Future Possibilities for Utah
Center for Law and Biomedical Sciences Fellow Laura Anne Taylor researched medical-legal partnerships for public health in Utah. Healthcare providers, public health advocates, and legal professionals alike recognize that there are strong social determinants of health (SDH). These include laws and regulations that impact the environments in which people live, such as the walkability of neighborhoods, the habitability of rental units, and the safety of workplace conditions. These environmental factors significantly affect health outcomes on a population level. With this backdrop of broader public health implications, medical-legal partnerships (MLPs) have emerged as an “innovative, integrated, and collaborative” approach to the multifaceted social, legal, and health inequities that vulnerable populations face.