About the Event
What does health justice look like for people who are released from prison, and what role do community health workers play in assuring equity? Nationally, at least 95% of all state prisoners will be released at some point. In Texas, about 64,000 people are released from prisons, jails and substance abuse felony punishment facilities each year. People impacted by incarceration have higher rates of chronic and infectious diseases, addiction and mental illness compared with the general population. This session will discuss the reentry-associated health inequities that prisoners confront, explain the current practices for transitioning people from correctional to community-based care and recommend equitable approaches for helping patients navigate health care systems and social service agencies after incarceration and avoid reincarceration.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS Emily Wang, M.D., is a professor at the Yale School of Medicine and directs the new SEICHE Center for Health and Justice. She also leads the Health Justice Lab research program. As an internist she has cared for thousands of individuals with a history of incarceration and is co-founder of the Transitions Clinic Network, a consortium of 40 community health centers nationwide dedicated to caring for individuals recently released from correctional facilities by employing community health workers with histories of incarceration. Jerry Smart, CHW, is the senior community health worker at the Transitions Clinic program in New Haven, Connecticut, and part of the research team at Health Justice Lab on grants related to gun violence and health issues among those impacted by incarceration, including cardiovascular diseases, opioid use disorder, cancer, and COVID-19. He coordinates medical care and social service support for chronically ill patients recently released from prison. Since 2012 he has been a steering committee member for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinic Scholars program.
ABOUT THE SERIES The Health Equity Forum series fosters conversation and promotes engagement across Austin, Dell Med and its partners on the topic of health equity, providing opportunities to discuss advancing health equity locally as well as to hear from nationally recognized speakers about successfully integrating health equity into the work of other organizations.
By the end of this event, the audience participant should be able to:
- Discuss re-entry associated health inequities that prisoners confront.
- Explain current practices for transitioning people from correctional to community-based care.
- Recommend equitable approaches for helping patients navigate health care systems and social service agencies after incarceration.
- Primary: Physicians, faculty, students, trainees and staff
- Secondary: Community members who focus on re-entry and health in Austin
This activity has been designed to promote some of the following desired physician attributes and competencies:
- ACGME: Professionalism and Systems-based Practice
- IOM: Work w/Interdisciplinary Teams and Apply QI
- IECC: Interprofessional Teamwork & Team-based Practice; Interprofessional Communication; Roles & Responsibilities; Values & Ethics for Interprofessional Practice
Emily Wang, M.D., and Jerry Smart, CHW, speakers for this educational activity, have no relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.
The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School designates this internet live course for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This course has been designated by The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School for 1 credit of education in medical ethics and/or professional responsibility.