Medical-Legal PartnersNovember 20, 2017 |
by Catherine Spaulding
Next month’s volume of Pediatrics features the winning essay from the Section on Pediatric Trainees’ first annual advocacy essay competition, written by Dr. Laura Livaditis (10.1542/peds.2017-2916). In her article, entitled “An Interdisciplinary Approach to Toxic Stress: Learning the Learning,” Dr. Livaditis suggests that the effects of toxic stress may be mitigated by the development of medical-legal partnerships that support the needs of families and children. Her article focuses on legal aid as a key component in the prevention of adverse childhood events and demonstrates that this under-utilized resource can have profound effects when incorporated into routine medical care.