Conference News

2018 Scholarship Recipients Announced!

Congratulations to our 2018 Scholarship Recipients!

Thanks to generous funding from the The Jacob & Valeria Langeloth Foundation and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, we are able to invite the following scholars to attend the 11th Academic Health & Policy Conference on Correctional Health! Each scholar submitted their applications this past Fall which were peer reviewed by 2 ACCJH Board of Directors to determine 2018 recipients. These scholars are made up junior investigators, students, and community- based stakeholders who are passionate about social justice, criminal justice reform and stimulating growth in community based participatory research.

Junior Investigators  

Thomas Blue
Breana Castonguay
Laurel Davis
Alexandria Macmadu
Annelise Mennicke
Stephanie Grace Prost
Gambhir Shrestha
Tonya Van Deinse 


Joella W.Adams
Amanda Bunting
Angela Di Paola
Rachel Ekaireb
Kristen Elin Smith
Venita Embry
Erin McCauley
Anh Nguyen

Community Based Stakeholders 

Torrey Alendus- Green
Brenda Baker
Dionne Dempster
MaDonna Marie Garcia- Crowley
Monya Harper-Harris
Ronald Sanders
Ida Terry

 Warren J. Ferguson Scholarship

Precious Bedell






2018 Warren J. Ferguson Scholarship Recipient | Precious Bedell

We are pleased to announce that our 2018, and first since its inception, Warren J. Ferguson scholarship recipient will be Precious Bedell. 

UMass Medical School created the Warren J. Ferguson Scholarship to honor its namesake’s contributions to the field of criminal justice health. The scholarship was announced March 16, 2017 at the Academic & Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health, which Dr. Ferguson founded 11 years ago.

Ms. Bedell works as a Human Subject Research Coordinator in the Department of Psychiatry, at the University of Rochester with the Women’s Initiative Supporting Health, (WISH). WISH is one of 21 clinics of the Transition Clinic Network (TCN) that provides health care to individuals recently released from jails and prisons. Bedell was certified at City College in San Francisco as a Post Prison Health Worker (PPHW) Certificate, a 21-unit course of study that prepares students to work with formerly incarcerated clients and community members. Currently she is training community health workers with The Health Profession Opportunity Grant with WISH and Action for a Better Community. She is also a doctoral student at The Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester. Her vision is to engage community members in improving their lives spiritually, mentally and physically.

Bedell is devoted to improving the lives of people affected by incarceration.  She is a specialist in providing resources and helping those reentering from prisons and jails on how to navigate complex medical, social and reentry services. She founded and directs the Turning Points Resource Center, a nonprofit that supports the families of those incarcerated, which is a prison ministry at the Episcopal Dioceses of Rochester, NY. She worked on behalf of Rochester’s “Ban the Box” campaign, which aims to prevent employment discrimination against those with criminal records. They won the support at the local level. Their advocacy continues for support at the state level.

Bedell’s community service is wide-ranging. She volunteers with the Monroe County Reentry Task Force, is a Board Member of the Safer Monroe Area Re-Entry Team and the Academic Consortium of Criminal Justice Health, member of the Steering Committee for Ticket to Ride, (fundraiser to purchase bus passes for individuals with mandated court appointments)  the Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network, is a member of the African American Health Coalition at Common Grounds Health Association, Facing Race Embracing Equality, and she is on the planning committee of Big Brothers and Big Sisters. She continues to be a guest lecturer in the University’s Department of Political Science, and has spoken about addressing health disparities at a summer brown bag series hosted by the Department of Psychiatry Department Diversity and Inclusion Action Team, which she is also a member.



2018 Plenary Speaker: Josiah D. Rich, MD, MPH

We are pleased to announce that this year's plenary speaker, for the 11th Academic Health & Policy Conference on Correctional Health, will be Josiah D. Rich, MD, MPH.

 Josiah D. Rich, MD, MPH is a Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Brown University and a Practicing Infectious Disease Specialist at The Miriam Hospital and at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections - caring for prisoners with HIV Infection and other Diseases since 1994.

Dr. Rich has extensive expertise in the care and prevention of disease in addicted and incarcerated individuals.  This combined clinical experience has given him a unique vantage point from which to understand at a deep level the challenges, as well as, the opportunities that the incarcerated setting offers.  This has informed and driven his Research Career, which has focused on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of HIV/AIDS and Co-Morbid conditions, especially among incarcerated and addicted populations. 

Currently, Dr. Rich is the Principal Investigator on two (2) R01’s and a K24 all focused on incarcerated populations.  He has had continuous Federal Research Funding for two (2) decades and has published well-over 190 Peer-Reviewed Publications, predominantly in the overlap between Infectious Diseases, Addictions, and Incarceration. 

He is the Director and Co-Founder of “The Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights” at The Miriam Hospital (  He is also the Co-Founder of the Nationwide Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR) collaboration in HIV in Corrections (CFAR/CHIC) initiative.  Dr. Rich has advocated for public health policy changes to improve the health of people with addiction, including improving legal access to sterile syringes and increasing drug treatment for the incarcerated and the formerly incarcerated populations.

In 2015, Dr. Rich was appointed by Rhode Island’s Governor Gina Raimondo, as an Expert Advisor to the Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force - charged with formulating a Strategic Plan to address addiction and stop overdose deaths in Rhode Island.  He has also served as an Expert for the National Academy of Sciences, The Institute of Medicine and many others.



1977 - 1982   B.A., Chemistry:  Columbia University, New York, NY

1982 - 1983   Division of Medical Sciences - Cell and Developmental Biology:  Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

1983 - 1987   Medical Doctor - M.D. :  University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA

1990 - 1991    Master of Public Health - MPH:  Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA



1987 – 1988    Internship:  Emory University Affiliated Hospitals, Atlanta, GA

1988 – 1990  Residency, Internal Medicine Emory University Affiliated Hospitals, Atlanta, GA

1991 – 1993  Fellowship, HIV/AIDS , Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA

1991 – 1993  Fellowship, Infectious Disease Harvard Medical School Combined Infectious Disease Training

                    Program: (Beth Israel Hospital, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, West Roxbury VA Medical

                    Center, Children’s Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute), Boston, MA

WE HAVE A NEW 2018 CONFERENCE VENUE! | The Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria

Our previously announced hotel, the Omni Houston Hotel, suffered extensive damage during Hurricane Harvey and will not reopen in time for our conference. We have fortunately found a wonderful alternate space in the Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria, in close proximity to the Omni and other Galleria-area attractions, at a lower rate!

An online reservation site will be available in early December.

Hotel Information

2018 Conference Location | March 22-23, 2018

Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria | 2222 West Loop South Houston, TX 77027

$159/ night

An online reservation site will be available in early December.



George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)

Distance: 28 mi  

SuperShuttle Charge (one way): $27.00

2800 N Terminal Rd, Houston, TX 77032

Taxi Service: Approximately $60 each way


William P Hobby Airport

Distance 16 mi

SuperShuttle Charge (one way): $24.00

7800 Airport Blvd, Houston, TX 77061

Taxi Service: Approximately $53 each way



Station Name: AmTrak Houston - Downtown
Distance: 9.0 MI / 14.48 KM SOUTH EAST to Hotel
Head south on West Loop S and take the ramp onto I-610 N. Take exit 11 and merge onto I-10 E toward Downtown. Take exit 769A for Smith St. Turn right at Franklins St. Turn right at Elder St. and right onto Washington Ave.


2018 Keynote Speaker: Dr Éamonn O’Moore

We are pleased to announce that this year's keynote speaker, for the 11th Academic Health & Policy Conference on Correctional Health, will be Dr Éamonn O’Moore.

Dr Éamonn O’Moore, Consultant in Public Health, graduated in medicine from University College Dublin in 1991. He was appointed National Lead for Health & Justice in the newly formed Public Health England (PHE) and Director of the UK Collaborating Centre for the WHO Health in Prisons Programme (European Region) in April 2013. He is an international expert on prison health, has written national and international guidelines on managing health issues in prisons, contributed to research in this area, and supported the development of national surveillance systems for infectious diseases in prisons in England and the WHO Europe Region. He is member of the Health & Justice Partnership Board, chaired by the Department of Health, and NHS England’s Health & Justice Clinical Reference Group as well as the Prison Healthcare Board for England. He has advised expert groups, including NICE, WHO, national governments and the European Centre for Disease Surveillance and Control (ECDC). Throughout his career, he has worked to understand and meet the health and social care needs of vulnerable, marginalised or excluded people and communities. His research interests include prison health, migrant health, sexual health, HIV & blood –borne viruses (BBVs), and health inequalities. 

Call for Abstracts Deadline Extended to Thursday, September 21st 9PM EST

We have received feedback from potential presenters for the 11th Academic & Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health who were affected by the hurricanes in Houston, Florida and Georgia that they are just getting back to be able to attend to their work.  Given the historic nature of two Category 4 hurricanes making landfall and affecting our colleagues, we are making an exception to our customary deadlines and will extend the deadline for proposals until Thursday, September 21 at 9pm.   

Some of you may be concerned about attending a conference in Houston in light of the damage the city has sustained, including the hotel. The hotel is projecting to be back up and running as normal in late October. Prospective presenters may want to consider the role they will play in helping the city recover by participating in and attending the conference. Conventions and tourism are significant contributors to Houston's economy, and will be even more critical to help the city move forward.

Learn more about submitting an abstract to the 11th Academic Health & Policy Conference on Correctional Health

Call for Abstracts Deadline Tonight- 9PM EST

We invite you to submit your abstract to the 11th Academic & Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health.
  • 60 minute seminars for facilitated policy discussions, panels or research skills training 
  • 30 minutes lectures: detailed 20 minute topic presentation with 10 minute of Q&A 
  • 15 minute peer papers: tight 10 minute presentation on completed or in progress projects with 5 minutes of Q&A
  • Poster Presentations
  • 60 minute Special Topic Networking Sessions
Theme for the 11th Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health: While the conference accepts proposed presentations or posters for consideration on any area of criminal justice health (see list of potential tracks below), we are interested in patterns, experiences and outcomes of health service utilization in criminal justice involved populations, including care provided during incarceration and both during and after community reentry. We welcome presentations on ways to effectively address the complex needs of justice involved populations, including particular emphasis in 2018 on Population Health Management and Data Driven Decision Making.
  • Community reentry
  • Health policy
  • Implementation Science and Clinical Translation
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Mental Health
  • Policy 
  • Practice Redesign 
  • Primary Care 
  • Public Health 
  • Research
  • Ethics of Clinical Practice and Research 
  • Special Populations
  • Substance Abuse 
  • Infections from Injection Drug Use (HIV, HCV)
  • Community based participatory research
  • Clinical controversies on health care delivery behind bars
Deadline Tonight: Friday, September 15th 9pm EST

Announcing: Community Based Scholarship Applications

With a generous grant from the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation, the Academic Consortium is pleased to offer scholarships to the 11th Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health in Houston, TX to be held March 22-23, 2018.  We welcome applications from individuals whose professional and volunteer work focuses on health issues facing justice involved individuals and citizens who are incarcerated or who have returned to the community. Community health workers, advocates, patient navigators, case managers and other allied professionals or volunteers are encouraged to apply.  

Scholarships will cover conference registration, up to two nights in the conference hotel and travel expenses up to $300. Please submit your application by Thursday, November 30th. 

Scholarship Application


Our Hearts Are With Houston

Since Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, many of us watched and listened to the news with horror and disbelief.  Harvey is the first Category 4 storm to hit the U.S. in 13 years, and has left an enormous path of destruction in its wake.

Local officials have blamed the storm for more than 31 deaths and many more injuries, which flooded parts of the Houston area with more than three feet of rain. In some places, rain totals surpassed 50 inches - a new record for the continental United States. With more than 32,000 people in shelters in Texas, the need for disaster relief is enormous and it will take months for people to reclaim and rebuild their lives. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has supplied more than five million meals to evacuees to date, and 210,000 people have registered with the agency for assistance, according to Texas governor Greg Abbott.
As volunteers around the country flocked to Texas to provide emergency assistance to storm victims, and have begun the process of trying to help rebuild, we want to extend our heartfelt desire to help our institutional member, University of Texas Medical Branch, and their home.
As an organization, we have encouraged our colleagues who can to donate to The American Red Cross. The organization is working around the clock to help the thousands of people devastated by Hurricane Harvey and those who require medical care and basic supplies. To donate, please visit  Thank you for supporting those in need during this difficult time and contributing what you can


2018 Call for Scholarship Applications

The Academic Consortium on Criminal Justice Health is pleased to open the application process for scholarships to the 11th Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health. This year's conference will take place March 22nd & 23rd at the Omni Houston Hotel 4 Riverway, Houston, TX 77056. We are pleased to announce that scholarships are available to junior investigators with funding from the National Institute of Drug Abuse and the Langeloth Foundation. The Langeloth Foundation will be funding student scholarships, and we are pleased to announce a new student scholarship opportunity, the Warren J. Ferguson Scholarship, which is funded in 2018 by Commonwealth Medicine.

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