Grant Amount: $24,000
This planning grant will develop a new medical-legal partnership (MLP) in the Partnership Health Center. The MLP model integrates the expertise of legal professionals into clinical settings to help health care providers address structural problems at the root of many health inequities. By strategically partnering with community leaders in western Montana, Partnership Health Center will create a planning coalition to draw on local expertise, in-kind support, and develop program sustainability plans beyond the first year of the grant. This grant will leverage new and existing partnerships with legal service providers, judges, state public defenders, crime victim advocates, other major local health care providers, and professional organizations. Grant funds will be used to hire an on-site project coordinator to facilitate this integrated care system and to train Partnership Health Center providers and staff on the MLP model.