HeLP National Award

HeLP Receives Outstanding MLP Award

The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership Advisory Council 2014 Awards committee recently awarded the Health Law Partnership (HeLP) with an Outstanding MLP Award at the 2014 MLP Summit.

HeLP is a partnership among Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta Legal Aid Society Inc., Georgia State University College of Law, Emory University School of Medicine and Morehouse School of Medicine.

HeLP stood out from the numerous other award applicants, impressing the MLP advisory council with its 10-year track record of excellence as a medical-legal partnership, particularly in building the evidence base for such partnerships being an important part of healthcare.

“The HeLP team was thrilled to receive this honor,” says Sylvia Caley (J.D. ’89), associate clinical professor and HeLP co-associate director. “We have worked hard to become a leader in the MLP movement, and it is nice to be recognized.”

Throughout the years, HeLP has provided invaluable assistance to patients requiring legal services to improve health outcomes. The organization has excelled in both medical and legal education and promoted successful policy changes to improve population health. As a result of its outstanding leadership and impact, HeLP also was cited as a hospital best practice during a 2010 Joint Commission review.

“Many congratulations to the tireless and outstanding leadership of the HeLP team for making it a MLP, deserving of this national recognition,” says Charity Scott, Catherine C. Henson professor of law and founding director for the Center for Law, Health & Society.

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