The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) Clinical Public Clinical Public Health program has launched an initiative focusing on Criminal Justice Health. The new project is spearheaded by Dr. Newton E. Kendig, Clinical Professor of Medicine, retired Assistant Surgeon General in the United States Public Health Service and former Medical Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons at the United States Department of Justice.
GW’s initiative on Criminal Justice Health comes at an important time for this often overlooked area of engagement for public health.
- Every community in America is affected by criminal justice-involved (CJI) populations as millions of persons are annually released from US jails and prisons and return to their families and communities.
- CJI populations are disproportionately affected with serious health issues important to public health. These include chronic addiction, infectious diseases, and serious mental illnesses.
- More effectively addressing the health needs of CJI populations will help reduce health care disparities and result in healthier and safer communities.
- Academic health centers can be pivotal in achieving this goal. They can lead educational efforts, the development of sound public policy, the implementation of meaningful research, and the delivery of quality health care to CJI populations.
- GW SMHS seeks to improve the health of underserved individuals and populations through university cross-disciplinary collaboration and innovation.
The initiative on Criminal Justice Health seeks to engages GW faculty and students beyond the medical school to other colleges, such as the School of Nursing, the Milken Institute School of Public Health, the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, and the School of Law and experts, officials and advocates for criminal justice health.
Explore opportunities for medical students through our Introduction to Correctional Medicine, Case-based Elective in Criminal Justice Health, and Jail Patient Education Initiative.
The program offers both a graduate certificate and a full master's degree curriculum built on serving the unique health care needs of incarcerated patient populations, improving health outcomes, and leading correctional health care teams.
In August 2018, GW convened a symposium of 27 key stakeholders to discuss the care of incarcerated transgender patients.