Medical/Legal Advocate 1

Position Status




NHC Position Type

Patient Navigator

Position Summary

The member(s) will serve within Philadelphia Legal Assistance's Medical legal Community Project. The member(s) will be embedded at a local health center site working with patients directly providing legal advocacy related to social determinants of health.

To support the MLCP, the NHC member will engage in direct casework to serve the needs of the patient populations. Supported by a full-time staff attorney, the NHC member will have activities including: interviewing and advising patients who become clients via referrals from health care staff; working with healthcare providers to understand the relationship between clients’ legal, medical, and social circumstances; evaluating a client’s legal needs; providing assistance to address their legal needs and/or making the appropriate referrals; negotiating with administrative bodies to help clients access critical benefits including Medicaid, SNAP and SS; coordinating and managing case referrals; and community outreach and education on legal rights and resources.

The proposed legal assistant position would have unique roles within PLA’s MLCP. The MLCP NHC position meets critical needs that combine elements of all current staff positions, but are ultimately unique in their function. Much like a paralegal who works at our other sites, the NHC members assess patients’ legal needs, provide legal advice, and collaborate with providers and other health center staff to help patients access benefits or other social services.


Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Screening patients for health concerns and eligibility
  • Completing and submitting patient applications for social services and medication assistance programs
  • Following-up with patients to ensure documentation is completed
  • Attending meetings and patient huddles
  • Tracking referrals and closing the referral loop

Language Proficiency Requirements


  • Speaking Proficiency
    • Limited Working Proficiency: Able to satisfy routine social demands and limited work requirements.
  • Reading Proficiency
    • Limited Working Proficiency: Able to read simple prose, in a form equivalent to typescript or printing, on subjects within a familiar context.