Health Equity Forum | Health Justice & Prisoner Reentry

Health Equity Forum - Health Justice & Prisoner Reentry

Thursday, May 27, 2021, 12:00 pm

Health Equity Forum

What does health justice look like for people who are released from prison — and what role do community health workers play in assuring equity?

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 health inequities that prisoners confront upon reentry, 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 re-incarceration.

Emily Wang, M.D.
Jerry Smart, CHW

12-1 p.m. Central Time
This event is free and open to the public. Please register to receive a Zoom link.


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, CT, 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.

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.
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™. 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.