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COCHS and Health Affairs


Health Affairs, in its March 2014 issue, published a cluster of articles on the health care needs of the 11.6 million people who cycle through the nation’s 3,300 local and county jails every year. Three members of the COCHS team were co-authors of articles in this cluster (links to abstracts of these articles can be found below).

How Health Care Reform Can
Transform The Health Of Criminal
Justice–Involved Individuals

Steve Rosenberg along with his co-authors examines how provisions of the Affordable Care Act offer new opportunities to apply a public health and medical perspective to the complex relationship between involvement in the criminal justice system and the existence of fundamental health disparities (abstract only without subscription). One of the co-authors of this article was Steven Rosenberg, president of COCHS.

Josiah D. Rich, professor of medicine and epidemiology at Brown University and director and cofounder of the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights at the Miriam Hospital, in Providence, Rhode Island.

Redonna Chandler, acting director of the Division of Epidemiology, Services, and Prevention Research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in Bethesda, Maryland.

Brie A. Williams, associate professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, in the Division of Geriatrics and is medical director at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Geriatrics Clinic.

Dora Dumont, senior epidemiologist at the Rhode Island Department of Health, in Providence.

Emily A. Wang, assistant professor of general medicine at Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut.

Faye S. Taxman, professor in the Criminology, Law, and Society Department and runs the Center for Advancing Excellence at George Mason University, in Manassas, Virginia.

Scott A. Allen, clinical professor of medicine at Riverside School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside.

Jennifer G. Clarke, attending physician at the Center for Primary Care and Prevention at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, in Pawtucket.

Robert B. Greifinger, adjunct professor of health and criminal justice at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York, in New York City.

Christopher Wildeman, associate professor of sociology at Yale University.

Fred C. Osher, director of health services and systems policy at the Council of State Governments Justice Center, in Johns Island, South Carolina.

Steven Rosenberg, president of Community Oriented Correctional Health Services, in Oakland, California.

Craig Haney, professor of psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Marc Mauer, executive director of the Sentencing Project, in Washington, D.C.

Bruce Western is a professor of sociology at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Case Studies From Three States:
Breaking Down Silos Between Health Care
And Criminal Justice

Matthew Bechelli, along with his seven co-authors, presents three case studies that explain how silos still exist between health care and criminal justice even though a significant percentage of jail-involved people are estimated to become newly eligible for coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid (abstract only without subscription).

Matthew J. Bechelli, research associate at COCHS, in Oakland, California.

Michael Caudy, postdoctoral research fellow in the Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence, George Mason University, in Fairfax, Virginia.

Tracie M. Gardner is director of state policy at the Legal Action Center, in New York City.

Alice Huber, deputy director of the Research and Data Analysis Division, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, in Olympia, Washington.

David Mancuso, director of the Research and Data Analysis Division, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.

Paul Samuels, director and president of the Legal Action Center.

Tanya Shah, assistant commissioner of the Bureau of Primary Care Access and Planning, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Homer D. Venters, assistant commissioner for correctional health services, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

The Impact Of Policies Promoting
Health Information Technology
On Health Care Delivery In Jails And Local Communities

Ben Butler and Judy Murphy examine how decisions largely external to jails —coming from the Supreme Court, Congress, and local policy makers— have contributed to the growth of health IT within jails and health information exchange between jails and local communities (abstract only without subscription).

Ben Butler, chief information officer, COCHS.

Judy Murphy, deputy national coordinator for programs and policy at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Department of Health and Human Services.