History of incarceration is associated with higher rates of chronic diseases such as hypertension, asthma, and cervical cancer, along with an increased risk for substance use disorders and infectious diseases. Individuals transitioning out of prisons and jails often face significant structural barriers that can impact their ability to access adequate healthcare. Common barriers include financial instability, difficulty in obtaining employment, discrimination, exclusion from public housing, and lack of health insurance.
Despite the unique needs of formerly incarcerated people, healthcare providers receive little training on this population. Since 2013, the Reentry Education Project (REP) has facilitated trainings across New York City to fill healthcare providers and clinic staffs’ gap in knowledge and improve the healthcare responses to people impacted by the criminal justice system.
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Each toolkit is designed to help healthcare providers deepen their understanding of the health effects of incarceration, barriers people face as they transition out of prison and jail, and how to meet the healthcare needs of formerly incarcerated people. We highlight hands-on practices healthcare providers can use to strengthen their relationships with patients impacted by the criminal justice system and increase the number of patients with a history of incarceration in prevention, treatment, and care.
TOPICS INCLUDE: NYC laws and practices related to syringe access and prevention, tools to support harm reduction, and strategies to communicate openly about drug use with patients.
Supporting Justice-Involved Women in Accessing HIV Prevention, Treatment, and Care
TOPICS INCLUDE: The needs and challenges facing formerly incarcerated women, tools to support patient-centered care, and how to facilitate access to services.
Increasing HIV and HEP C Prevention, Screening, Treatment, and Care for Justice-Involved Individuals
TOPICS INCLUDE: HIV and HCV screening and care, information on HIV and HCV for formerly incarcerated patients, and steps providers can take to integrate humanizing language.
Incarceration, HIV, and HEP C: Recommendations for Caring for People at the Intersections
TOPICS INCLUDE: The health effects of incarceration, tools providers can use to create safe and supportive environments, and community-based resources for formerly incarcerated individuals.
Over the course of five years, the Reentry Education Project has trained over 1,000 healthcare providers and clinic staff in New York City.
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Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
Family Health Center of Harlem
Harlem Hospital Center
Heritage Health Care
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai East Harlem Health
Institute for Family Health
Janian Medical Care
Metropolitan Hospital Center
Midtown Center for Treatment and Research
Mount Sinai Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program
Mount Sinai Division of General Internal Medicine
Mount Sinai Division of Liver Diseases
New York Presbyterian Harkness Pavilion
New York Presbyterian Center For Special Studies
The Alliance for Positive Change
Kings County Hospital Center
Flatbush Family Health Center at NYU Langone
Family Physician Family Health Center at NYU Langone
NYU Langone Hospital Brooklyn
Park Ridge Family Health Center at NYU Langone
Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Langone
Seventh Avenue Family Health Center at NYU Langone
Shore Road Family Health Center at NYU Langone
Sunset Terrace Family Health Center at NYU Langone
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
The Phoenix House
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Bronx Lebanon Hospital
BronxCare Center for Comprehensive Care
BronxWorks Bronx Health & Housing Consortium
East Tremont Medical Center
Jacobi Medical Center
Lincoln Medical Center
Montefiore Family Care Center
Montefiore Wellness Center at Port Morris
Montefiore Comprehensive Family Care Center
North Central Bronx Hospital
Elmhurst Hospital Center
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
Mount Sinai Queens
Queens Hospital Center
The Floating Hospital
Zucker Hillside Hospital