Online Program

Women's reentry professional's user guide: Walking in the path of the formerly incarcerated woman

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Michelle Hoersch, MS, Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Chicago, IL
Lori Nichols, MPH, John Snow, Inc., Denver, CO
This presentation will present a new user guide that encapsulates program components in the successful delivery of services to women reentering the community after incarceration. The user guide highlights gender-responsive and trauma-informed program enhancements made within 3 sites that have piloted enhancements to their reentry services:  Institute for Health and Recovery Women’s Recovery Allies Project (WRAP) in Massachusetts, the College and Community Fellowship (CCF) in New York, and Resonance Center for Women in Oklahoma.

The results from a case study evaluation of the three sites informed the development of a user guide intended to communicate successful program components to other reentry professionals and organizations. The guide explores building a reentry plan through helpful relationships, understanding the context of the woman’s life, creating community buy-in, identifying basic needs, and holding the hope – all essential program components for women reentering the community.

Learning Areas:

Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
Describe a new User Guide designed for professionals who work in the field of female reentry. Share lessons learned and case study success stories from three different reentry programs that have implemented trauma-informed, gender responsive approaches to enhance their services.

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

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the project officer for this and other federally funded grants focusing on women's successful reentry into the community from prison, and numerous other federally funded grants that address women's health especially in special populations.
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.