Children living in vulnerable families face social and economic problems that have a significant impact on their health and development. Although pediatricians, social workers, and other health care providers often advocate on behalf of children to assure their well-being, many problems fall outside the expertise of health care providers. The Medical Legal Partnership for Children (MLPC) will create a powerful collaboration among pediatricians, social workers, and attorneys to ensure that families' basic needs, such as food, public assistance, housing, education, immigration status, health care, safety, and stability, are met. Modeled after the Family Advocacy Program in Boston, a model that has been replicated in over 60 sites in 33 states, MLPC will pioneer the first medical-legal partnership in the Pacific Northwest. The MLPC will: (1) train and educate health care workers and other stakeholders on advocacy issues affecting vulnerable families; (2) conduct case consultation with providers and direct legal services to pediatric patient-families to improve access to health care and benefits; and (3) conduct systematic advocacy to promote child health and well-being.
Amount Awarded $380,000.00
Awarded on: 7/9/2008
Time frame: 9/1/2008 - 9/30/2011
Grant Number: 64569