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Dr. Homer Venters

Dr. Homer Venter's testimony in front of New York State’s Assembly Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Assembly Committee on Health, and Assembly Committee on Correction

In his statement, Dr. Venters, the Senior Health and Justice Fellow for COCHS, details the benefits of medication assisted treatment (MAT) in places of detention. In his experience, Dr. Venters has seen first-hand the stabilizing impact that MAT can have on the health of individuals, their ability to maintain healthy relationships, employment and housing. MAT lowers mortality behind bars, not only for overdose deaths but for overall mortality. Read more...

Dr. Homer Venters:
Electronic Health Records (EHRs)
as Human Rights Tool

At the COCHS and Health Affairs conference held on April 3rd, 2014, in Washington D.C., Homer Venters, Assistant Commissioner of Correctional Health Services, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, explained how EHR technology in corrections can be used as a tool for monitoring human rights.

A Three-Dimensional Action Plan to Raise the Quality of Care of US Correctional Health and Promote Alternatives to Incarceration

This article by Homer Venters explains that increasing the quality and coordination of correctional health care depends on three key areas: the funding model, the scope of services, and correctional health staff. Read more...

Disparities in Mental Health Referral and Diagnosis in the New York City Jail Mental Health Service

Research shows that significant health disparities exist for incarcerated persons of color, including the occurrence of infection, violence, and mortality. Because persons with mental illness have longer lengths of stay than others, they now represent approximately 38% of persons in jail. In New York City, both non-White and young patients appear to be less likely to enter the jail mental health system and more likely to enter solitary confinement than their White and older counterparts. Read more...

The Triple Aims of Correctional Health: Patient Safety, Population Health, and Human Rights

Correctional health systems represent some of the largest health systems in the United States, caring for patients with high rates of morbidity and mortality. The poorly understood realm of correctional health care represents a missed opportunity to integrate care for these patients with care provided by community health providers. Three aims are integral to effective correctional health: patient safety, population health, and human rights. Patient safety and population health are well- defi ned aims in community health care systems and emerging in correctional settings. Dual loyalty and other unique challenges in correctional settings make the human rights aim absolutely essential for promoting correctional health.

Ross MacDonald, MD
Amanda Parsons, MD, MBA
Homer D. Venters, MD, MS

Implementation of an Electronic Health Record in the New York City Jail System

Details the adoption and implementation of an electronic health record system on Rikers Island and explores how a non-correctional EHR was modified to meet the requirements of a correctional environment.

Richard Stazesky, Jennifer Hughes, and Homer Venters, MD, of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene