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We've have some good discussion about patient navigator/community health worker models that have been helpful in the care of patients. What have been people's experiences with medical-legal partnerships bringing together medical professionals and lawyers to address social causes of health disparities, including access to adequate food, housing, and income? During a research experience I had in medical school at a local Boston Community HealthCenter, I was exposed to a medical-legal partnership. Most of the cases I saw were related to housing issues, which we know can impact patients' health significantly. I realized that physicians could potentially have increased training on when / if it would be appropriate to refer patients to a lawyer as part of a healthcare team. Would love the groups' thoughts on this and particularly effective models.