Optimizing Newborn Health through Legal Partnering: Lessons from Orange County

Concurrent Sessions 5: 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm, Wednesday, September 22, 2021

This session will convey and animate best practices gleaned from county-level participation in a national initiative that promotes the health of infants and their families through a unique cross-sector alignment. Representing both legal community experience and early childhood sector expertise, session presenters will share specific examples of how legal problem-solving strategies have promoted infant Medicaid enrollment in a large urban county. They will also share insight into how other communities might lay a foundation for similar innovation.


  • Jeannine Casselman, JD, Legal Advisor, MLPB


  • Leticia Sanchez, MPH, CHES, CLE, Senior Program Officer, Family Supports, First 5 LA
  • Manohar Sukumar, JD, Supervising Attorney, Public Law Center