President - Dr. Homer Venters
Homer Venters is a physician and epidemiologist and a nationally recognized leader in health and human rights. Dr. Venters directs several initiatives, including reducing traumatic brain injury among detainees and correctional staff and promoting access to evidence based addiction treatment for persons with justice involvement. Prior to joining COCHS, Dr. Venters served as the Director of Programs for Physicians for Human Rights and the Chief Medical Officer for the NYC Jail system. In addition to being the author of Life and Death in Rikers Island1, Dr. Venters has led over 40 peer-reviewed scientific publications on the topics of health and justice involvement, work that has been cited by the US Supreme Court and led to testimony before Congress. Dr. Venters received his MD from the University of Illinois, Masters of Public Health Research from NYU and completed his residency in Social Internal Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Venters is a Clinical Associate Professor at the NYU College of Global Public Health.
Chief Executive Officer - Vikki Wachino
Vikki Wachino has worked for more than 25 years to advance stronger health care policy for low income people in the United States. She is the former Deputy Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, where she oversaw all policy and operations for the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs, which serve more than 70 million Americans. She has also worked as a consultant, advising organizations on making policy, strategy and operational changes to advance the health of people with complex social needs, including people involved in the criminal justice system. Earlier in her career, Vikki worked at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and NORC at the University of Chicago. Vikki is the author of many publications on Medicaid coverage and financing and speaks frequently on these topics, including in testimony before the United States Congress.
Chief Operating Officer - Michael DuBose
Mr. DuBose comes to COCHS with more than 30 years of combined experience in mental health, substance abuse, neighborhood health clinics, community-based agency administration and correctional health care in public, private and governmental settings. During the past 14 years, his experience has focused intensively on public health and correctional health care, working strategically to develop a community-oriented approach to correctional health care. Mr. DuBose has been instrumental in re-engineering systems and processes to implement the country’s largest community-oriented correctional health care delivery model to date. Since 1996, Mr. DuBose has served as an expert faculty member at Howard University in the area of HIV/AIDS and has served as adjunct professor at several colleges and universities and vocational schools throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area. In 2006, Mr. DuBose began providing independent correctional consultation. He travels throughout the country as an adult and juvenile subject matter expert in the areas of health care, food service, and environmental health and safety, conducting quality assurance reviews for Homeland Security U.S. Marshals, Immigration Customs Enforcement, and state and local correctional settings to ensure compliance with applicable standards. Mr. DuBose has an MSW with a concentration in administration, training and staff development from the University of Georgia.
Director of Health and Justice Project - Dan Mistak
Mr. Mistak joined COCHS in February 2014 and brings a wide variety of experience. He is returning to COCHS as the Associate Director of the Health and Justice Initiative after a two-year leave with the Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i where he provided support to map Hawai‘i County’s behavioral health safety net and its interface with the criminal justice system. While there, he was a trial attorney and worked with justice-involved individuals regarding the collateral consequences of their justice involvement. Prior to joining COCHS, Mr. Mistak was a Senior Editor of the California Law Review at UC Berkeley, School of Law. His previous experience has focused on legal issues for underprivileged populations including representation of clients in asylum hearings, legal research surrounding the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and campaign finance. He holds Master’s degrees in Genetics/Cell Biology and Philosophy from Washington State University and Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Chemistry. He is admitted to practice law in California and Hawai‘i.
Chief Information Officer - Ben Butler
Ben Butler has been the Chief Information Officer at Community Oriented Correctional Health Services (COCHS) since its founding in 2006. Mr. Butler's activities have included: providing technical assistance to local correctional institutions and health care providers on how the Affordable Care Act impacts populations involved in the criminal justice system; identifying technical solutions for creating health care connectivity between jails and communities; authoring articles on the role of local, state and federal policy in promoting the adoption of health information technologies in correctional environments; designing and developing COCHS M.A.P. Tool, a web application that generated maps identifying high need areas for justice involved individuals --this web application was listed as a Quality Tool by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality(AHRQ). Previously, Mr. Butler was a Senior Associate at Rosenberg and Associates where he designed and implemented two applications: the Bureau of Prisons Billing System for a health provider network servicing the Federal Penitentiary in Lompoc, California; and CardioTool an application that tracked cardiologic procedures for Redbud Community Hospital in Clearlake, California.
Board Chairman and Founder - Steve Rosenberg
Steve Rosenberg has more than 40 years of experience providing technical assistance and directing projects that increase access to health care for the most vulnerable populations in our nation. He founded Community Oriented Correctional Health Services (COCHS) in 2006 to develop a public health approach to serving the population of people who cycle through jails, and to connect them to community-based health care. Mr. Rosenberg is a specialist in health care policy and finance with expertise in Medicaid and correctional health.
Policy Analyst - Shamaal Sheppard
Shamaal is a community organizer, public health advocate, and abolitionist. He recently completed his masters degree in Health Policy & Management at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. While there, Shamaal worked as a health coach and mentor for teenage youth. It was there that Shamaal gained an appreciation for community engagement and health education. His interests in health policy alongside his passion for community are the driving forces in his career. He looks forward to his role at COCHS and to continue fighting for health justice for all people.
Policy Analyst - Natasha Camhi
Natasha Camhi is a policy researcher and advocate with a focus on assessing and addressing the inequities of the U.S. criminal justice system. She is currently completing her Master of Public Policy degree at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, where she has conducted qualitative and quantitative research on topics ranging from D.C.’s Housing Choice Voucher Program to the relationship between adolescents’ sexual and reproductive health and intimate partner violence in young adulthood. Prior to graduate school, Natasha worked for two years at the Brennan Center for Justice, where she wrote policy proposals on federal criminal justice reform and led the Justice Program’s effort to raise awareness of the unique plight of incarcerated women. These experiences have helped her to better understand how the issues of health, housing, and criminal justice are inextricably intertwined, and solidified her commitment to studying and improving correctional health care.