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COCHS and Health Affairs


In conjunction with the March 2014 issue of Health Affairs, which features a cluster of articles on jails and health, the Health Affairs Blog published articles that explore multiple aspects of health care delivery within jails (links to all these blogs can be found below).

Incarceration And Release From Jail:
Improving Re-integration Into Society
Using A Health Information Exchange

Dr. Jeffery Brenner writes about efforts to bring jails in Camden, N.J., into a health information exchange.

Dr. Jeffery Brenner, Director and Founder of Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers.

Health Information Exchange In NYC Jails:
Early Policy Challenges

Michelle Martelle describes New York City's goal of integrating jail-based health care with local and and state organizations implementing health information exchange.

Michelle Martelle, Associate Director of Health Information in the Bureau of Correctional Health Services at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

How Will California’s Penal System Respond To The ‘Perfect Storm’?

Jonathan Simon and Daniel Mistak explain how the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to control the number of individuals becoming incarcerated by aligning jail inmates with access to social services for managing chronic illnesses often compounded by extreme economic marginality. This experiment is in part due to the Brown v. Plata Supreme Court decision and the passage of the Affordable Care Act.

Professor Jonathan Simon is the Adrian A Kragen Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.

Daniel Mistak, a graduate student in Jurisprudence and Social Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.

What The Affordable Care Act Means For Pregnant Inmates

Katy Kozhimannil and Rebecca Shlafer discuss how compared with similar women that are not incarcerated, pregnant inmates have more risk factors and worse birth outcomes, for both mothers and babies.

Katy Kozhimannil Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Division of Health Policy & Management.

Rebecca Shlafer, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

Ethical Dilemmas In Prison And Jail Health Care

Nancy Dubler explains how jail health care is an arena of endless ethical conflict in which health care providers must negotiate relentlessly with prison officials to provide necessary and decent care.

Nancy Dubler LL.B. is a consultant for bioethics at the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.