142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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How women navigate disadvantage: Jails, neighborhoods, and health risk

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014 : 10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Megha Ramaswamy, PhD, MPH , Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS
The objective of this presentation is to describe how women navigate movement between jails and urban communities with a focus on health risk as an outcome. Drawing on several sources of data collected in Kansas City -- a survey with 290 women incarcerated in city jails, focus groups with 45 jailed women, and semi-structured interviews with a sample of 28 women recently released from jail -- we use a mixed-methods approach to illustrating the individual and neighborhood-level barriers to health, as well as the concerns and strategies women use to negotiate stigma, disadvantage, and criminal justice involvement when addressing their health needs. The presentation accomplishes its objective by presenting results from four completed studies of neighborhood disadvantage, incarceration, drug dependence, and reproductive health. By providing an overview of these projects, we hope to illustrate the ‘healthography’ that women leaving jails navigate as they return home.

Learning Areas:

Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe the health needs of women leaving jails Describe the social and environmental context of incarcerated women's lives and the neighborhoods they return to Explain the strategies incarcerated women must use to navigate their criminal justice and social circumstances

Keyword(s): Criminal Justice, Women's Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was the principal investigator for the four projects that I will be presenting on. I have been conducting research in the area of jails and public health for nine years.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.