School-Based Health Centers & Medical-Legal Partnerships: A Partnership for Social Equity in Child and Adolescent Health


  • Ana M. Caskin, MD, Medical Director, School Health Center at Anacostia High School; Deputy Medical Director, Georgetown University Health Justice Alliance, Washington, DC
  • Martha Glynn, FNP, Site Medical Director Erie School Based Health, Erie Family Health Centers, Chicago, Illinois
  • Lisa Kessler, MBA, Program Manager, Georgetown University Health Justice Alliance, Washington, DC
  • Ellen Lawton, JD, Co-Director, The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership, Washington, DC
  • Seleena E. Moore, MPH, Program Manager, School-Based Health Alliance, Washington, DC

Integrating health services into a school-based setting ensures more equitable access to health care for children and adolescents. Yet many barriers to adequate and equitable child health are rooted in structural problems that health care alone cannot solve. School-based health center (SBHC) staff are increasingly working to identify and address these social determinants of health (SDOH). To truly meet the complex needs of these young patients, health care teams can benefit from legal expertise to help navigate problems that go well beyond the clinic’s door. View this webinar to learn how your SBHC, through a medical-legal partnership (MLP), can provide patients with legal services for issues that directly affect their health, better organize your services and programs to address SDOH, and further increase the efficacy of health interventions.

The School-Based Health Alliance partnered with the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership to create this factsheet that describes common social and legal needs that affect the health of youth and ways that integrated legal services can help meet those needs.

Webinar presenters have also provided the following two tools for download:

*Any use of these tools, in part or whole, should be credited to the Georgetown University Health Justice Alliance. 

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