A Public Health Approach to Incarceration: Opportunities for Action
Learning Areas:Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy
Identify the links between incarceration and the increased disease burden among both incarcerated and formerly-incarcerated individuals and their respective communities, requiring a public health approach. Leverage the multidisciplinary lens of public health to focus on collaborating with community-based and criminal justice partners to implement multidisciplinary prevention and intervention programs. Understand how schools and programs in public health can become social change agents to address incarceration issues through curriculum, collaborative community research and advocacy.
Keyword(s): Prisoners Health, Public Health Curricula & Competencies
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the principal investigator of multiple federally funded grants investigating prevention of HIV among populations with substance abuse problems. My work focuses on developing innovative strategies to increase the uptake of testing, linkage, retention, and re-engagement in care among vulnerable populations including incarcerated populations. My recent research findings helped to shape national policy and intervention programs. I am currently the Co-Director of the Mailman School Initiative on Mass Incarceration and Public Health.
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.