According to the Transitions Clinic Network and the Network for Public Health Law, “Every year in the U.S., more than 650,000 people are released from prison and 9 million more return to their communities from jail. Upon return, they are some of the sickest and most vulnerable members of society.”
There’s a clear connection between incarceration and worsening health. And formerly incarcerated people are almost 10 times more likely to experience homelessness than the general public.
How can clinicians better understand the unique needs and challenges of formerly incarcerated people as they re-join society?
The latest issue of Healing Hands, the publication curated by and for our HCH Clinicians’ Network, is designed to help clinicians and other health care providers gain greater insight into the challenging dimensions of access to health care that face formerly incarcerated people during the reentry period, and how healthcare access intersects with homelessness, with attention to the challenges specific to young people involved in juvenile justice systems.
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