Center Projects

The Center is actively engaged in a number of local and national initiatives relevant to our mission. Below are some of our current projects and ongoing areas of interest. Please contact us for more information on our work.

Providence Transitions Clinic
The Center is currently working with partners in the Lifespan Hospital System, the City of Providence, and the RI Department of Corrections to establish a clinic-based program that will connect individuals leaving RI state prison who suffer from chronic illness with primary and behavioral health care, as well as case management services. The program is expected to launch in late 2017.

LGBTQI Adults and Youth in Corrections
Funded by the National Institute of Corrections, the Center has developed materials (pending publication) regarding best practices for the treatment of incarcerated Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex adults and youth in correctional settings. The Center has worked very closely with the Fenway Institute on the projects, as well as other national experts. It is anticipated that the documents will be publicly available by mid-2017.

Designing Education for Better Prisoner & Community Health
This multi-semester undergraduate course offered at Brown University during the spring and summer of 2016 taught students about the public health ramifications of incarceration and assisted them in designing and developing health-focused educational materials and tools for use by incarcerated individuals. The resulting products—which were informed by numerous community partners, incarcerated, and formerly incarcerated individuals—are being implemented in the winter of 2017, and will be highlighted on our website by Spring 2017.

Incarceration and Public Health Advocacy Network: Developing a National Course
Funded by a grant from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University that is underwritten by the Ford Foundation, the Center is developing a series of ten lectures on the topic of Incarceration and Health for use by Schools of Public Health across the country. Top national experts in the field from around the country have agreed to participate. Interest in the series has been expressed by several medical schools as well, and a modified version of the series will be adapted for use by national law schools. The series will be posted to the Center’s website by late Spring 2017.

Damiano Student Intern Award Program
With funding from the Damiano Foundation, this summer internship program provides stipends to Rhode Island undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing projects with Center-affiliated researchers, state agencies, and community organizations around the state. The program aims to provide students with valuable experience in the justice and health fields, while also supporting our local partners. If you are interested in learning more about this program please send us an email at prisoner.health@lifespan.org.

Medicaid Enrollment and Incarcerated Populations
From May 2015 through October 2016, the Center ran the Awaiting Trial Service Linkage at Intake Pilot (ATSLIP) in partnership with the RI Department of Corrections. Through this project, Center staff enrolled over 400 individuals awaiting trial into RI’s Medicaid program, and provided them with service referrals in the community. Access to Medicaid and community-based care for this population remains a Center priority.

The Lifespan/Brown Criminal Justice Research Program on Substance Use and HIV
To address the need for more clinical researchers focused on justice involved populations, the Center is a partner in the Lifespan/Brown Criminal Justice Research Training Program (CJRT). The CJRT program supports early career scientists at the post-doctoral level to conduct mentored pilot studies and provides them with subject matter and career development training opportunities.