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2018 Policy & Issues Forum

Health Care for the Justice Involved and Formerly Incarcerated

Mar 15, 2018 8:30am ‐ Mar 15, 2018 10:00am


Incarceration has a lasting impact on the individual returning home and the community they return home to. A growing number of health centers are developing responses to the health and social disparities that returning persons with chronic disease, mental health disorder, and/or substance use disorder experience when they are not properly linked with a medical home and welcoming community. These programs seek to bring public safety and public health together to enroll formerly incarcerated individuals in primary care and behavioral health options while reducing emergency room utilization, hospitalizations, and recidivism. This panel discussion will highlight work done at the local, state, and federal levels to meet the needs of this vulnerable group and examine the medical, operational, and policy implications for health centers working with this population.


  • Jay Breines, Chief Executive Officer, Holyoke Health Center


  • Ms. Jennifer Nolty, Director, PCA and Network Relations, NACHC
  • Loretta Bush, Chief Executive Officer, Michigan Primary Care Association
  • Shira Shavit, Executive Director, Transitions Clinic Network
  • Evan Ashkin, Professor, Family Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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