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There has been significant attention in recent years to health care delivery models that address social determinants of health. One such model is medical-legal partnership (MLP). MLPs join health care providers with lawyers to address health-harming legal needs in the lives of vulnerable patients. Research on MLPs has demonstrated their success in reducing stress and increasing health and well-being in the patients they serve and in their families. This chapter explores the possibility of using MLP as a tool to prevent child maltreatment.


Reproduced with permission. Originally published as Chopp, Debra. "Preventing Child Maltreatment Through Medical-Legal Partnership." In Preventing Child Abuse: Critical Roles and Multiple Perspectives, edited by Vincent J Palusci, Frank E. Vandervort, Donald E. Greydanus, and Joav Merrick. Hauppauge, NY: Nova, 2021.