Co-creating a Legal Check-up in a School-based Health Center Serving Low-income Adolescents

Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, Vol. 15, Issue 2, Summer 2021, pp. 203-216 DOI No.: 10.1353/cpr.2021.0022

(2021). Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works. 2398

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Research Paper Forthcoming

16 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2022

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Lisa P. Kessler

Health Justice Alliance

Yael Cannon

Georgetown University Law Center

Nicole Tuchinda

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

Ana Caskin

MedStar Georgetown Division of Community Pediatrics

Christina Balz Ndjatou

MedStar Georgetown Division of Community Pediatrics

Vicki W. Girard

Georgetown University Law Center

Deborah F. Perry

Health Justice Alliance

Date Written: July 7, 2021

Abstract

The Problem: Marginalized populations experience health-harming legal needs—barriers to good health that require legal advocacy to overcome. Medical–legal partnerships (MLPs) embed lawyers into the healthcare team to resolve these issues, but identifying patients with health-harming legal needs is complex, and screening practices vary across MLPs.

Purpose of Article: Academic and community partners who collaborate in an MLP at a school-based health center (SBHC) share their process of co-creating a two-stage legal check-up for adolescents.

Key Points: Screening adolescents for health-harming legal needs is challenging. It took ongoing collaboration to refine the process to fit the needs of adolescents and meet the partners’ goals.

Conclusion: Social determinants of health play a significant role in health disparities, and there is a need for innovative solutions to screen and address these in vulnerable populations. Other partners can learn from our experiences to co-create their own approach to addressing health-harming legal needs.

Note: Funding: None to declare.

Declaration of Interests: None to declare.

Copyright © 2021 Johns Hopkins University Press. This article first appeared in Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 15:2 (2021), 203-216. Reprinted with permission by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Keywords: health law and policy, health justice, medical–legal partnership, juvenile justice, adolescent health, interdisciplinary collaboration, screening

Suggested Citation

Kessler, Lisa P. and Cannon, Yael and Tuchinda, Nicole and Caskin, Ana and Ndjatou, Christina Balz and Girard, Vicki W. and Perry, Deborah F., Co-creating a Legal Check-up in a School-based Health Center Serving Low-income Adolescents (July 7, 2021). Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, Vol. 15, Issue 2, Summer 2021, pp. 203-216 DOI No.: 10.1353/cpr.2021.0022, (2021). Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works. 2398, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Research Paper Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3890231

Lisa P. Kessler

Health Justice Alliance ( email )

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Yael Cannon (Contact Author)

Georgetown University Law Center ( email )

Nicole Tuchinda

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law ( email )

New Orleans, LA
United States
443-803-4346 (Phone)
1-888-676-8993 (Fax)

Ana Caskin

MedStar Georgetown Division of Community Pediatrics

Washington, DC 20007

Christina Balz Ndjatou

MedStar Georgetown Division of Community Pediatrics

Washington, DC 20007

Vicki W. Girard

Georgetown University Law Center ( email )

600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States

Deborah F. Perry

Health Justice Alliance ( email )

600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States

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