Conference News

The 14th Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health will be held virtually

Call for abstracts and scholarship applications have been closed. 

Announcements have been sent out for new abstract submissions. 

Scholarship applications reviews are starting next week, announcements to follow. 

Cancellation of the 13th Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health

April 2, 2020


Dear Colleague,


It is with deep regret that we must inform you of a decision to cancel our annual conference which had been rescheduled to June 25 and 26 in Raleigh, NC, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are sorry for any inconvenience that this has caused you, but we believe that it is the right decision at this time during a historic pandemic with an uncertain timeframe.


We plan to hold the 2021 Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health on March 4 - 5, 2021 at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley and look forward to seeing you at that time.


If you registered for this conference, please go to the following link to review instructions on next steps. 2020 ACCJH Conference Registrant Options


Please note that all hotel reservations at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley within the conference block for April and June, 2020 have been canceled by the hotel and you don’t need to contact them. However, if you booked a hotel elsewhere, it is your responsibility to cancel that reservation.


The 2020 Conference was on board to be our most successful conference ever, and it was linked to three other NIH-sponsored events in addition to the National Hepatitis Corrections Network, with whom we have partnered for many years. To capitalize on the outstanding speakers and topics we had booked for the conference, we are planning to speak with presenters to carry forward the selected presentations and posters, with an opportunity for you to update abstracts given new research and data. We will also have an open call for abstracts later this year depending on the availability of the 2020 presenters. If you are a speaker, please go to the following link: 2020 ACCJH Conference Presenter Options 


Thanks to a generous grant from the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation, we awarded 32 scholarships for 2020.  If you are a scholarship recipient, we plan to discuss the disposition of Year One funding with the Langeloth Foundation in a week or two and will communicate with you as soon as possible. In the meantime, please work with your airlines on flight refunds. If there are extenuating circumstances contact and we can review on a case by case basis. Many airlines have been understanding of this pandemic and are refunding flights.


The ACCJH Board of Directors is forming a workgroup to consider development of a menu of distance learning events in the months to come, likely commencing over the Summer.


We look forward to seeing you at the 2021 Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health on March 4 - 5, 2021 in Raleigh, NC. Registration will be open in September.




Coronavirus COVID-19 and the Correctional Facility for the Correctional Healthcare Worker


Over the last week, COVID-19 Coronavirus has become a global topic of concern.

Our top priority remains the health and safety of all participants at our conferences, including attendees, exhibitors, market suppliers, staff, industry partners, and others involved. Given the dynamic nature of this situation, ACCJH, which includes several experts in public health and infectious disease, will monitor efforts to reduce spread of the virus and will follow evidence-based decision-making to ensure the safety of the healthcare community currently planning to assemble in North Carolina.

We remain committed to communicate regularly regarding our attendance and status.

Aging Research in Criminal Justice & Health (ARCH) Network Pilot/ Exploratory Grant Funding Application

The goal of the project titled “Health Disparities Research in Aging: The Aging Research in Criminal Justice & Health (ARCH) Network” is to develop a national, multi-disciplinary community of emerging and established researchers to catalyze and support research and interventions designed to improve health and social outcomes in the growing population of criminal justice-involved older adults and people with serious illness.

The ARCH Network leadership team spans two geographically distinct universities – the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).

Our purpose is to bring public health, health-related research, and criminal justice reform together into one conversation. Our vision is to create and use evidence-based health and healthcare solutions to design or inform policies and programs that advance criminal justice reform.

Pilot Research Program: Our goal is to support new and established scientists in research on the health and/or healthcare needs of criminal justice-involved older adults and people with serious illness. Successful pilot/exploratory projects ($10,000-$15,000 each) will be selected for their capacity to support multidisciplinary, community-engaged, and/or life-course research that has the potential to directly benefit criminal justice-involved older adults. The possibility of funding exceeding $15,000 may be considered with special permission and prior approval, please email if interested.

Eligibility: To be eligible for the ARCH Funding, principal applicants must: Be an ARCH Network Member and be based in the US (other research team members can be non-US based). *Strong Preference will be given to Junior Faculty, early stage investigators, and/or trainees.

Selection: Proposals will be scored according to the NIH system by a 3-person committee comprised of ARCH Network Executive and Advisory Board Members. We expect to fund 2 or 3 pilot projects per year that study opportunities across the life course where programmatic and policy interventions can be tested to reduce health disparities for criminal justice-involved older
adults and people with serious illness.

All relevant grant award recipients will receive direct mentoring in the area of research ethics, study design, and implementation from an appropriate Network Contributing Member or other senior researcher if needed.

All research funded by the network that enrolls human research must be approved by an institutional review board governing human subjects research (IRB).

**Successful applicants will be asked and highly encouraged to present their project proposal at the ARCH Annual Meeting on April 1, 2020.

Submission Dates: Applications are due on Friday, February 21, 2020. Completed applications must be emailed to no later than 3:00 pm PST, Friday, February 21, 2020. Electronic applications should be formatted as a single PDF document with pages numbered sequentially. If you do not receive notification that the electronic copy of your proposal has been received by 5:00 pm PST Friday, February 21, 2020 – please call (415) 514-7510. *We expect to make funding decisions by Monday, March 9, 2020.

Application Guidelines: Completed applications must contain the components listed below and follow provided formatting instructions (Arial font, 11 point, .5-inch margins, continuous page numbering on fully assembled application package) and maximum page limits.

Please number all pages sequentially.
1. Cover Page
2. NIH Biosketch from Primary Investigator (Click here for Example and instructions (2 links) – CV accepted for Community Research Applicants)
3. NIH Biosketch from Secondary Investigator or Mentor (If Applicable)
4. Specific Aim(s): Describe the aim(s) and objectives that will determine the scope, depth,and overall direction of the study (1 page max)
5. Research Strategy: Describe the overall strategy, methodology (including study design, study population and sample, and key measures), basic planned analyses, and potential to lead to larger scale work (3 page max)
6. Budget requested and basic justification (salary, travel, transportation, etc.)
7. Bibliography and References
8. Letter of Endorsement from Primary Mentor (If Applicable)
9. NOTE: Protection of Human Subjects Documentation – documentation of IRB approval will be required before funds are dispersed

Review Criteria: THE ARCH Network Review Committee will use the following criteria to assess each application. These are provided so applicants will understand items of importance to reviewers. Please note: priority will be given to proposals that map to the Network’s research agenda.

• Does this study address important questions associated with the health of criminal justice involved older adults and/or people with serious illness?
• Is the study consistent with the aims of the Network and does it have relevance to the Network’s goals?
• What is the scientific premise of the study? The premise concerns the quality and strength of existing research used to form the basis for the proposed research question; describes general strengths and weaknesses of prior research being cited as crucial to support the application

• Are the aims important, original, and innovative? 

• Is the design, (including composition of the study population), methods, and analyses adequately developed, and appropriate to the aims of the project?
• Are data collection and analysis methods clear and adequately justified?
• Is the study feasible to accomplish within the stated time frame (one year) and with the requested resources?
• Because these are exploratory/pilot funds, proposal will be evaluated for its potential to lead to future larger-scale work

• Does the scientific environment in which the work will be done contribute to the probability of success? This information may be described in a mentor’s letter if the project proposed is from a more junior researcher and/or may be included in the Research Strategy section)

• Does the PI explicitly demonstrate a clear commitment to the study?
• Do the applicant’s training, experience, and accomplishments indicate the applicant is likely to accomplish the project’s objectives?
• Is there evidence of multidisciplinary and/or community collaboration? 

Budget and Resources:
• Is the budget appropriate and well justified?

For further information, contact:

2020 Conference Schedule Now Available!

The Academic Consortium on Criminal Justice Health is very pleased to announce the program schedule for the 13th Academic & Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health. This is going to be a landmark event!  We had record submissions  for presentations, posters and scholarships. Thanks to a grant from Langeloth Foundation, we will have 8 scholarship recipients from four categories: students, early career investigators, community based stakeholders and criminal justice stakeholders.

Additionally, there are three pre-conferences taking place on March 31-April 1 including the Justice Community Opioid Intervention Network (JCOIN) Research Education program funded by NIDA, the National Hepatitis Corrections Network (NHCN) meeting, and the Aging in Criminal Justice Research Network (ARCH), an R24 funded by NIA. Finally, the Center for AIDS Research Justice Substance Use HIV/AIDS Involved Populations (CFAR J-SHIP) will have a track in the conference both days and is funded by NIAAA.

In the past, this conference has generally drawn 250-275 participants.  We are expecting that will swell to 350 this year with the additional pre-conferences. This will be a can't miss event! 

View the 2020 Schedule here

Register to attend today!

Request for Applications for National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Justice Community Opioid Translational Center: JCOIN Scholar and JCOIN Investigator Tracks


On behalf of National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Justice Community Opioid Intervention Network (JCOIN) Coordinating and Translational Center, we are inviting you or other interested colleagues to submit applications for capacity building research education programs to be launched on March 31 and April 1, 2020 in advance of the Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health in Raleigh, NC. 

We are planning two tracks of research education on March 31-April 1, the JCOIN Scholar Track and the JCOIN Investigator Track. These programs are described here: The Investigator Track is designed for individuals interested in a career as an independent investigator and will focus on a project to be designed and carried out over the next two years with some funding available via a competitive application.  This track will emphasize research proposal writing, grant management, mentorship and advanced research skills needed to be successful in criminal justice settings. The Scholar Track will support clinicians, criminologists, analysts interested in collaborating and community stakeholders on research in justice settings and will be one year in duration, focusing on the conduct of research in justice settings, formulating research questions, understanding elements of research design, ethical issues concerning research in justice settings, and collaborator roles to ground and translate the conduct of research in justice settings. Detailed curricular plans and agenda will be forthcoming in the next month.

 Funding is available to support attendance at these research meetings as well as the Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health which follows on April 2 and 3, 2020.

 Applications for both tracks are now open and the deadline for the receipt of applications is Wednesday, December 11, 2019.


Investigator Application:

Scholar Application:


Applications will be competitive. For 2020, we anticipate accepting 5 investigator track participants and 10 scholar participants. Application opportunities will be offered annually. Following this pilot year, the number of accepted participants will increase.

We are very excited about developing these resources and please ask you to pass along this email to colleagues and constituents whom you believe would value these opportunities. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us:


Warren J. Ferguson, MD  University of Massachusetts Medical School

Danielle S. Rudes, PhD  George Mason University

Capacity Building Education Co-Directors, JCOIN Coordinating and Translation Center

Criminal Justice Based Stakeholder Scholarship Opportunity

The Academic Consortium on Criminal Justice Health is pleased to open the application process for a new scholarship opportunity, the Criminal Justice Based Stakeholder Scholarship, to the 13th Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health. This year's conference will take place April 2-3 at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley. With a generous grant from the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation, the Academic Consortium is pleased to offer 8 scholarships to this year's conference. For our Criminal Justice Based Stakeholder scholarships, we welcome applications from individuals whose professional careers concern custody and programming for individuals supervised by the criminal justice system and who are collaborating or interested in collaborating on programmatic research and evaluation to improve outcomes in justice-supervised populations. Examples of potential applicants include: Sheriffs; Superintendents; Parole and Probation Directors; Key Administrative and Program Staff; and Analytic Staff.  Please submit your application by Tuesday, December 10th.


Submit your application for scholarship here.

2020 Plenary Speaker: Dr. David Rosen

We are pleased to announce that this year's plenary speaker, for the 13th Academic Health & Policy Conference on Correctional Health, will be Dr. David Rosen. 

David Rosen, PhD, MD is an epidemiologist and health services researcher with over twenty years of experience conducting research in criminal justice settings.  His research includes broad assessments of disease prevalence, healthcare utilization, and mortality among incarcerated populations, and he has conducted numerous studies examining the use of health services among incarcerated persons living with HIV.  Dr. Rosen has led four NIH-funded “mixed methods” research projects of incarcerated persons and their healthcare providers, utilizing linkage between correctional and public health datasets, surveys and indepth interviews.  Dr. Rosen completed all of his training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is an Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine and an adjunct Assistant Professor within the School of Public Health. 

2020 Keynote Speaker : Dr. Homer Venters

We are pleased to announce that this year's keynote speaker, for the 13th Academic Health & Policy Conference on Correctional Health, will be Dr. Homer Venters.
Homer Venters is a physician, epidemiologist and the former Chief Medical Officer of the NYC Correctional Health Services. Dr. Venters is the author of Life and Death in Rikers Island which The New Yorker has acclaimed as “A critically important book.” Dr. Venters is the Senior Health and Justice Fellow for Community Oriented Correctional Health Services (COCHS) where he directs several initiatives, including MAT implementation, injury and death documentation and traumatic brain injury reduction. Prior to joining COCHS, Dr. Venters served as the Director of Programs for Physicians for Human Rights and the Chief Medical Officer for the NYC Jail system. Dr. Venters has led over 40 peer-reviewed scientific publications on the topics of health and justice involvement, work that has been cited by the US Supreme Court and led to testimony before Congress. Dr. Venters received his MD from the University of Illinois after serving in the U.S. Peace Corps in Togo. He completed his residency in Social Internal Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center and Masters of Public Health Research from NYU. Dr. Venters is a Clinical Associate Professor at the NYU College of Global Public Health.