Incarceration, Disparities, and Health in America in the Age of Healthcare Reform

February 11, 2014

Friday, February 28, 2014, 1:20 to 3:20 pm
Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts
154 Angell Street, Providence

A driving force behind the nation’s epidemic of incarceration is the lack of adequate community-based care for mental illness and addiction. The Affordable Care Act expands Medicaid coverage to most low income citizens in states electing to expand coverage. Former prisoners should now have greater access to healthcare, mental health services, and substance abuse treatment in the community, strengthening their reintegration and lowering recidivism and incarceration rates. But financial barriers are not the only reason returning prisoners fail to get healthcare. Successful connection to post-release care must be understood and addressed in the context of a broad spectrum of competing survival priorities and reentry needs.

This symposium, the second of four, will explore addiction and substance use as barriers to post-release healthcare in the community.  Presentations on the science and anthropology of addiction will be followed by a practitioner's experiences with actually engaging individuals with serious behavioral health issues in sustained care, including former prisoners.  Two additional providers with long experience working with formerly incarcerated individuals with substance use issues will join the presenters for a lively moderated discussion.

David Lewis, MD (Founder of CAAS); Irene Glasser, PhD (Anthropology); Don Boucher, PhD, MS (Riverwood Mental Health)

Discussion with Laurie DeLeca, MA, LCDP (The Providence Center, RI Dept of Corrections); Linda Hurley, CSW, LMHC, (Codac Behavioral Health); Paja Faudree, PhD (Anthropology).  Moderated by Nick Zaller, PhD (Brown Medical School).

Friday, January 31, 2014, 1:20 to 3:00 pm

This inaugural symposium, the first of four, brings together medical, public health, and social science faculty and students with community providers and activists to identify and begin to address non-financial barriers to care for justice-involved persons. The January 31 symposium will provide an overview of the issue and the challenges faced by this population. 

Emily Wang (Yale University, Medicine)
Sol Rodriguez (Executive Director of OpenDoors)

Jody Rich (Medicine and Epidemiology)
Jennifer Clarke (Public Health and Medicine)
Jennifer Johnson (Psychology)
David Blanding (Public Policy)
Nick Horton (OpenDoors)
Brad Brockmann (Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights)

Future sessions will explore substance abuse and addiction as barriers to care (Feb. 28); racialized barriers to care (March 14); and health literacy/health communication as barriers to care (April 18).

The Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights
Brown University’s School of Public Health
Pembroke Center Seed Grant Program
Brown/Tufts/Lifespan Center for AIDS Research
Damiano Foundation