Newswise — WASHINGTON, D.C. and SEATTLE, WA (April 2, 2014)—The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership, part of the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, will host its ninth annual conference on April 10-11 in Seattle, Washington to discuss how to better care for the 50 million low-income Americans whose health is negatively impacted by unmet legal needs. Leaders from law, healthcare, public health and government in 34 states will present research and strategies aimed at effectively integrating health and legal care. With featured remarks from Michelle Larkin, assistant vice president at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Marc Nivet, chief diversity officer at the Association of American Medical Colleges, and Karen Dale, executive director of AmeriHealth District of Columbia, participants will explore topics including:

• The intersection of health and legal problems for veterans, children and chronically ill individuals;• The link between access to legal care and improved healthcare quality and decreased healthcare costs, especially related to healthcare’s “high utilizers” – the five percent of the population that generates more than fifty percent of all healthcare costs; • The benefits of incorporating legal care in patient navigation for newly diagnosed cancer patients; and• The ability of legal care to help healthcare teams treat patients more preventively.

A full agenda is available at:

EVENT: Annual Medical-Legal Partnership Summit

WHEN: April 10, 2014 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.April 11, 2014 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE: The Fairmont Olympic Hotel411 University StreetSeattle, WA 98101



Michelle Larkin, assistant vice president, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (9:15 a.m.) Friday

Juliet Choi, chief of staff & senior advisor, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department ofHealth and Human Services (8 a.m.)

Deborah Leff, acting senior counselor, Access to Justice, U.S. Department of Justice (8a.m.)

Steven Scudder, counsel, Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, American Bar Association (8 a.m.)

Cesar Torres, executive director, Northwest Justice Project (8 a.m.)

Karen Dale, executive director, AmeriHealth District Columbia (9:15 a.m.)

Dr. James Krieger, chief, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Section, Public Health – Seattle and King County (9:45 a.m.)

Dr. Marc Nivet, chief Diversity Officer, Association of American Medical Colleges (9:45 a.m.)

Dr. Lauren Smith, recent commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Public Health (9:45 a.m.)

MEDIA: The event is free to the media, but members of the press should contact Kate Marple to register at 617-945-4618 or [email protected].


About the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership:NCMLP works to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable people by transforming the healthcare team to identify, treat and prevent health-harming, unmet legal needs. It is a project of the Health Policy Department at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.

About the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University:Established in July 1997 as the School of Public Health and Health Services, the Milken Institute School of Public Health is the only school of public health in the nation’s capital. Today, more than 1,100 students from nearly every U.S. state and more than 40 nations pursue undergraduate, graduate and doctoral-level degrees in public health. The school also offers an online Master of Public Health, [email protected], and an online Executive Master of Health Administration, [email protected], which allow students to pursue their degree from anywhere in the world.