MLPB knows that ACOs and CPs are “blueprinting” the future of healthcare delivery in Massachusetts, and that success will hinge on aligning care with the comprehensive needs of members, communities, and the workforce – especially in a new frontier where social, economic, and environmental barriers to health must be confronted and addressed at the individual and population levels. MLPB has a long track record of innovating strategies to detect, triage, and address social determinants of health in ways that honor consumer autonomy, strengthen workforce capacity, and advance partner organization strategic goals. Our team is nimble, responsive, and passionate about working with partners who want to approach social health integration thoughtfully and successfully.


  • 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.
  • MLPB’s lens on all of its work is informed by nearly 10 years of participation in randomized controlled trials in MA, as well as our national experience supporting translation of key findings into a scalable model.
  • We’ve been engaged and re-engaged by ACOs and CPs in multiple planning, pilot, and implementation phase projects to help ensure that new blueprints are sound and successful. We also continue to provide TA on a national demonstration project underway in CA, FL, and VT.
  • Our services are provided by team members who bring strengths-based, trauma-informed lenses to member-centered work, as well as deep understanding of organizational imperatives and culture.


MLPB has successfully supported MA-based ACOs and CPs with a range of TA services in both planning and pilot phases, including SDOH system design, workforce training, and policy change engagement recommendations. We also are a TA provider in the national context. TA clients include FQHC administrators and clinicians as well as additional cross-sector partners invested in better connecting families treated at (who in this context are generally low-income and often ELL) to resources that reduce housing instability, food insecurity, and energy insecurity.


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 healthcare and human services workforces with upstream problem-solving strategies that address health-related social needs. Leveraging our public interest law expertise, we advance health equity for individuals, families, and communities. HRSNs can derail their care plan or worsen their health status. 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/costs confronting consumers burdened by many HRSN.

We are invested in supporting ACOs and CPs committed to best-practice, patient-centered strategies in this new value-based frontier—especially as they build and attempt to 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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Consumer Engagement

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Population Health Management