Mass Incarceration and its Impact on Community Health

Originally presented on February 1, 2016


This webinar discusses how U.S. trends to incarcerate massive numbers of persons of color have had several negative effects on local communities.  In this presentation, Dr. Robert Fullilove will connect mass incarceration to the “war on drugs” and health disparities. 

He will show how mass incarceration has imposed a mounting series of losses on communities and exposed them to severe public health problems, including HIV/AIDS, and describe some of the barriers to re-integration men face when they return from prison. 

He will end on a hopeful note by discussing the Bard College Prison Initiative, a program that provides a college education to inmates and produces new community health workers.

Target Audience

Public health professionals, environmental professionals, physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, local health department staff and other medical and public health professionals.



Mass Incarceration and Its Impact on Community Health


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Robert Fullilove, EdD 

Professor, Associate Dean, Community and Minority Affairs, Sociomedical Sciences at the Columbia University Medical Center

Learning Outcome and Objectives

As a result of this activity, the learner will be able to enhance their knowledge and competence on how mass incarceration has imposed a mounting series of losses on communities, exposing them to severe public health problems and the barriers to re-integration faced when returning from prison.

After watching this webinar participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the connection between the "war on drugs" and trends for mass incarceration in the United States
  • Identify problems men face in re-integrating with society when they return from prison 
  • Describe one of the major impacts of mass incarceration on community health 
  • Discuss one way in which the Bard Prison Initiative is assisting incarcerated men and women in re-integrating into society
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