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
16 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2022
Date Written: July 7, 2021
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
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