Field Epidemiology

Mass Incarceration and Its Impact on Community Health

Originally presented on February 1, 2016

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

This webinar discusses how U.S. trends to incarcerate massive numbers of persons of color have had a number of 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.

Learning Objectives
After watching this webinar participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the connection between the "war on drugs" and trends for mass incarceration in the U. S.
  • Identify problems men face in re-intergrating 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 Inititative is assisting incarcerated men and women in re-intergrating into society

The planners, moderator, and presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.

Continuing Medical Education Credits

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Medical Education Credits are offered until February 28, 2019.

Continuing Nurse Education Contact Hours

The University at Albany School of Public Health is an Approved Provider of continuing nurse education by the Northeast Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This offering is approved for 1 nursing contact hour(s).

Nursing Contact Hours are offered until February 28, 2019.

Certified Health Education Specialist Contact Hours

Sponsored by the School of Public Health, University and Albany, SUNY, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I contact education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 0.

Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until February 28, 2019.