This course will examine the intersection of law, health and public policy as applied through medical-legal partnerships. An emerging national trend poised to expand under the implementation of health care reform, Medical-Legal Partnerships (MLPs) represent a new service delivery model designed to improve patient outcomes by addressing social determinants of health. Under the MLP model, public interest lawyers provide legal services to low-income patients identified by health care professionals in the clinic or hospital setting where the prescription for better health requires legal assistance. For example, a physician may refer a patient to a MLP when habitability issues unaddressed by the patient's landlord cause a patient to suffer from asthma or respiratory problems. This course will survey how particular legal and social issues impact health and how these issues can best be addressed in the health care setting. Students will have the opportunity to apply the theory of MLPs in a real-world setting and will learn directly from legal and medical practitioners in the field who see the manifestations of poverty every day. Students are required to attend a tour of the Wellness Center at the Historic General Hospital (LAC+USC Medical Center) on Tuesday September 6th, 2016 from 3-6 p.m. Students should allow for one hour of travel time from UCLA.
Health Care & The Law;
Substantial Analytical Writing Requirement;
Critical Race Studies;