Between 1980 and 2014, the rate of incarceration in the U.S. increased by 220%. Multiple studies have shown incarceration impacts the health and well–being of those who are or have been incarcerated as well as their families and communities. In Health and Justice, students will work to develop resource tools for justice-involved individuals and develop a set of resources for healthcare professionals to address the needs of those incarcerated or previously incarcerated.

Medical Students and Healthcare Professionals will learn about the various pathways from criminal justice involvement and the different healthcare services available through pre- and post-release. Additionally, students will study disparities by race and ethnicity in arrests and incarceration, develop an in-depth understanding of barriers to healthcare, study trends of prevalent social determinants of health for justice- involved individuals, and educate justice-involved individuals and reentry professionals on navigating and understanding the healthcare system.

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For additional details on Health and Justice, click here to download the handout.

You may also contact Community-Engaged Learning or faculty lead Dr. Mekbib Gemeda for any additional questions.