The success of accountable care in Massachusetts will hinge on aligning care transformation with the profound social, economic, and environmental needs of members. MLPB brings an explicit health equity and health disparities reduction lens to its technical assistance partnering. We have a long track record of innovating strategies to detect, triage, and respond to people’s health-related social needs in ways that honor individual and family autonomy, bolster the workforce’s social determinants of health problem-solving “toolbox,” and advance partner organizations’ strategic goals. Our team is excited to work with partners who want to keep the “human” in “health and human services!”


  • Much of our technical assistance takes the form of embedding MLPB legal advisors into your interdisciplinary team meetings (IDTs) to enhance team-based social determinants of health problem-solving with patients. In that context, we are providing technical assistance to your team or organization, not representing patients directly in legal proceedings. MLPB assures that all training, tools, and recommendations are current with dynamic, complex federal and state laws and policies governing consumer access to health-promoting benefits and services. Moreover, our work is informed by nearly 10 years of participation in randomized controlled trials in MA as well as national experience supporting translation of key findings into a scalable model in CA, FL, and VT (DULCE).
  • We’ve been engaged and re-engaged by ACOs and CPs in multiple planning, pilot, and implementation phase projects to help ensure that new social determinants of health “blueprints” are sound, successful, and human-centered. Our services are provided by team members who bring strengths-based, trauma-informed lenses to member-centered work, as well as deep understanding of health and human service organization imperatives and culture.


MLPB has successfully supported MA-based ACOs and CPs with a range of TA services, including social determinants of health screening tool and workflow development, workforce training, identification of equity-advancing interventions, and curation of the human services landscape in the Flexible Services Program context. We also are a TA provider in other states including RI, CA, FL, and VT.


The statements in this document are made solely by MLPB. No statement in this document should be construed as an official position of or endorsement by Abt Associates Inc. or the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services.


MLPB (f/k/a Medical-Legal Partnership | Boston) equips health workforces with upstream problem-solving strategies that address people’s health-related social needs and improve social determinants of health. Leveraging our public interest law expertise, we advance health equity for individuals, families, and communities. MLPB provides a range of training and technical assistance services to bolster the ability of care teams to detect, triage, and address actionable HRSN in ways that keep individuals and families at the center of the problem-solving process and reduce health disparities to account for the complexities and costs confronting consumers burdened by many health-related social needs.

We are invested in supporting ACOs and CPs committed to best-practice, person-centered strategies in this new value-based frontier—especially as they build and support pioneering new care teams charged with this work. MLPB is well-positioned to support ACOs and CPs who appreciate the relationship between population management and health equity progress – related but distinct goals and efforts.


  • We host regular, internal “DiversiTeas” that spotlight key challenges and best practices impacting culturally dexterous and inclusive service delivery.


The following is a quote from a training attendee when asked “What was the most valuable thing you learned at today’s training?” The answer/quote: “EVERY. Single. Thing! Please offer training like this more often! Necessary for new employees.” – Family Support Worker Attendee of a Recent MLPB Family Law & Health training


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