Our own academic advisory member Sarah Hooper recently spoke on a GeriPal podcast about her work creating the Medical-Legal Partnership for Seniors Clinic (MLPS) in which law students and faculty provide free legal assistance to low-income older patients at the UCSF Medical Center and at the San Francisco VA.
Hooper, J.D., is also the Executive Director of the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science and Health Policy, an interprofessional partnership in education, research, and clinical training and service.
Here is a short excerpt of the podcast in which Hooper talks about the state of affairs for MLPS in the realm of geriatrics and palliative care:
“There are almost 400 medical legal partnerships around the country now, at least one in almost every state. The vast majority of them are focused on kids and families, which is incredibly, incredibly important; but I think that because of the demographic need and just the nature of the complex needs that people have in geriatrics and palliative care, there should be more of us. The medical legal partnership for seniors is one of less than a handful of these models around the country, but they are out there. We’re trying to grow.”