We strive to establish solutions for low and middle income families who face legal problems related to their basic needs such as nutrition, housing and income. This is accomplished through the establishment of new medical legal partnerships or the facilitation of collaborative relationships with other medical legal partnerships in the State of Louisiana. These collaborative efforts include such organizations as Southeast Louisiana Legal Services and the Louisiana Civil Justice Center.
There is an established need for medical legal partnerships in the State of Louisiana due to the impact they have on vulnerable populations, healthcare and legal institutions, and reducing policy barriers affecting people's health. For example, nationally families living below the poverty level are 3.6 times more likely to report fair or poor health than those incomes of at least twice the poverty level. In Louisiana 17.3% of the population have incomes below the federal poverty line.
In New Orleans, the number is even greater at almost one fourth of the population falling below the federal poverty line. In some parts of the New Orleans area, almost 40% of the population falls below 150% of the federal poverty line. The Louisiana Medical Legal Collaborative establishes medical legal partnerships in hospitals and clinics to help families in need due to issues with government benefits, debtor/creditor issues, housing, immigration, advance planning, and nutrition. We are also a resource for other MLPs working in the community throughout Louisiana by gathering resources, funding, and coordination of best practices.