The Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) is a healthcare delivery model, developed by Dr. Barry Zuckerman at Boston University Hospital in 1993.  Today, over 275 MLPs across the nation integrate legal and social service assistance as a vital component of patient care in order to improve the health and well being of vulnerable individuals, children and families.

Colorado began its first MLP in 2009; this MLP has screened over 8,000 patients and provided legal and social services to over 1,600 families.  In August 2013 the Colorado Health Equity Project initiated a pilot program that created three new MLPs that added public health and law students to the MLP model to achieve dramatically improved outcomes and health policy.