BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Seeking to help navigate the gap between law,
health care and community services for low-income patients and
their hospitals, a consortium of Western New York schools and
non-profit agencies is banding together to bring the Medical Legal
Partnership (MLP) to Buffalo, where they will hold their first
local conference on June 9 from 1-4 p.m. at Hospice Buffalo, 225
Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga.
Two free Continuing Legal Education credits will be available
for attorneys who attend.
The MLP planning committee is comprised of the University at
Buffalo Law School, Neighborhood Legal Services, the UB School of
Social Work, the UB Civic Engagement and Public Policy Strategic
Strength Office, Hospice Buffalo, the Evans-Devereux Memorial Fund
Elsewhere in the nation, MLPs help improve access to health care
and health care outcomes for underserved populations. For example,
a family forced, by poverty or other circumstances, to choose
between food and heat in the winter months is unlikely to be
successfully treated with a prescription or a vaccination, says UB
Law Professor Kim Diana Connolly, director of Clinical Legal
Education and moderator for the conference.
"Medical-legal partnerships integrate lawyers as a vital
component of the health care team," she says. "The concept is to
transform institutions and influence policy change to positively
influence non-medical determinants of health.
"A lack of food, utilities, child support, mold removal and
other basic life needs can prevent optimum health. Lawyers and
other legal professionals can support those in the health care
profession to change lives."
Presenters will include:
-- Barry Zuckerman, founder of the National Center for Medical
Legal Partnerships, chair of the Department of Pediatrics, Boston
Medical Center, Joel and Barbara Professor of Pediatrics, Boston
University School of Medicine, and Professor of Pediatrics, Boston
University School of Medicine.
-- Steven Blatt, MD, from the Department of Pediatrics, SUNY
Upstate Medical Center
-- Randye Retkin, Esq., director, LegalHealth and the New York
Legal Assistance Group
-- Kathleen Grimm, MD, University Internal Medicine/Pediatrics
Adolescent Division of Women & Children's Hospital
-- Professor Kim Diana Connolly, director of Clinical Legal
Education, UB Law School.
Registration information for the conference is available at http://www.nls.org.
The University at Buffalo Law School will offer 2.0
non-transitional CLE credits in the area of Skills for this event.
The Law School has been certified by the New York State Continuing
Legal Education Board as an Accredited Provider of continuing legal
education in the State of New York for the period of March 11, 2011
to March 10, 2014. For further information on UB's CLE policy,
contact Lisa Mueller at 716-645-3176.