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As the national medical-legal partnership (MLP) movement grows, the need for doctors, nurses, social workers, other health professionals, and lawyers who have the knowledge, skills, and experience to collaborate effectively in this holistic healthcare approach is increasing. Given the unique role that institutions of higher education play in training students as they develop their professional identities, members of the Georgetown University Health Justice Alliance sought to build on prior efforts to define the MLP model by focusing on MLPs that exist in academic settings as a specific type of MLP. This report is based on the results of an environmental scan of MLPs that had evidence of engagement with a medical or law school and reflects the core elements of those MLPs as embodied by their objectives, activities, and unique features.

The scan started with prior research conducted by the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership, which categorized MLPs based on their targeted patient populations and identified eight core elements of infrastructure shared across MLPs. The Health Justice Alliance research team then collected data on the impact of interprofessional MLP learning on core undergraduate and graduate medical education knowledge, attitudes, and skill competencies sets for students. Other reports and articles describing specific MLP programs that create interprofessional education opportunities for law and medical students to learn and practice together also provided foundational background.

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The Academic Medical-Legal Partnership: Training the Next Generation of Health & Legal Professionals to Work Together to Advance Health Justice (2022)