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Call for Abstracts! 15th Academic & Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health

Submission Deadline is September 27, 2021 at 9pm EST

CONFERENCE LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Learn about emerging research at the intersection of health and criminal justice and gain skill in designing applied research and program evaluation
  • Network with a multidisciplinary group of participants concerned with the acquisition of new knowledge in criminal justice health practices 
  • Gain new skills to develop academic-correctional health partnerships and overcome barriers to research in your institution
  • Reflect on emerging health policy issues in criminal justice health

PRESENTATION TYPES AND DESCRIPTIONS
 

  • 60 minute presentations: Intended for facilitated panels, policy presentations, or research skills training designed for audience engagement. Only a small number of 60 minute presentations will be accepted. 
  • 30 minute presentations: Intended for extensive presentations which engage more audience input. Examples might include research methods presentations or completed research which will have policy and practice implications.  
  • 15 minute presentation: Intended for concise 13- minute presentation on completed research or research in progress with 2 minutes of Q&A
  • Poster Presentation: The poster format may be used for submissions of research results or other types of communications, e.g. policy, works in progress, research methods, practice transformation, etc.

TOPICS OF INTEREST

The conference accepts proposed presentations or posters for consideration on any area of criminal justice health (see list of potential tracks below)
 
  • Community reentry
  • Implementation Science and Clinical Translation
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Mental Health
  • Policy 
  • Practice Redesign 
  • Primary Care 
  • Public Health 
  • Research
  • Ethics of Clinical Practice and Research 
  • Specific Populations (e.g. women, geriatrics, LGBTQ, veterans)
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Infections from Injection Drug Use (HIV, HCV)
  • Community based participatory research
  • Clinical controversies on health care delivery behind bars
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Submission Guidelines for 30-Minute and 60-Minute Presentations
The abstract committee takes several factors into account when ranking your submission; depending on the nature of the topic and presentations, some of these factors will be relevant to the reviewers:
  • How relevant and specific the topic is to criminal justice health
  • The scientific strength of the submission
  • The expertise of the authors on the topic
  • How unique/new the topic/content is
  • How well written the abstract is
  • How well the teaching design/plan for use of time matches the goal and content of the session
  • The degree and nature of planned audience participation.


Submission Guidelines for 15-Minute Papers

· These categories are intended for streamlined presentation of research results.

· The author(s) should submit a structured abstract with the following mandatory sections:

· Title

· Background

· Research goal(s) and/or question(s) or hypothesis(es)

· Methods

· Results

· Limitations (if any)

· Conclusions

While we will accept submissions for which results are pending or preliminary, these submissions will not be ranked as highly as submissions that are complete.

Submission Guidelines for Posters
If submitting a poster of research results, the abstract should follow the “Submission Guidelines for 15-Minutes Papers” above. If submitting a poster with a different type of communication, the abstract should follow “Submission Guidelines for 30-Minute and 60-Minute Presentations” above (except that the factor regarding “teaching design/plan for use of time” may be ignored).

 

GLOSSARY OF SUGGESTED TERMS

The Board of Directors of ACCJH is conscious of stigmatizing terminology which is often used to describe justice involved persons and populations. As such, we are promoting person- first language which we believe is more humanizing, to describe people who are involved in the criminal justice system. We support recommendations by the Osborne Association and seek to eliminate stigmatizing language in conference print materials, proceedings and presentations. To that end, we ask proposers to exclude the terms below from their proposals and presentations, substituting them with the suggested (or similar) terms.

 

Terms to be avoided                                                                  Preferred terms

Convict, Con, Inmate, Prisoner                                                       Person who is incarcerated

Offender, Criminal                                                                         Person in pre-trial or with charge

Parolee                                                                                        Justice-involved person

Ex-Con                                                                                         Formerly incarcerated person

Parolee                                                                                         Person on parole or probation

 

Submit your abstract here

Board of Directors Call For Nominations

We are now accepting nominations and self-nominations of members who are interested in dedicating their energy and creativity to serve on the ACCJH Board of Directors.

Candidates must:

  • Be a member in good standing with ACCJH
  • Participate in quarterly board meetings (one face-to-face at conference and three conference calls)
  • Volunteer on an ad hoc basis to serve on projects or committees prioritized by the board

Individual professional work should align with the ACCJH mission as well (see www.accjh.org).    

If you are interested in applying, please submit by Monday, May 17, 2021:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover letter detailing your objectives for serving and what you bring to the organization

Short narrative bio-sketch of 200 words or less to: Jacqueline Richards ( Jacqueline.richards@umassmed.edu)

2021 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations 2021 Scholarship Recipients

Students

Jesse Feierabend-Peters
Nicole Cassarino
Erin McCauley
Chelsea Foudray
Zavion Johnson
Katherine LeMasters
Minji Kim
Blake Martin
Vanessa Eaton

Community Based

Shivani Kaushik
Teresa Marlowe
Donald Perry
Dale White
Eugene Wilson
Gregory Liggs
Gloria Kilian
Shawn Rolfe

Early Career Investigators

Barbara Andraka-Christou
Nicole Ilonzo
Tara Flynn
Margaret Gorvine
Justin Berk
Karli Hochstatter
Lise Lafferty
Laura Hawks

Criminal Justice Based

Ahmar Hasmi
Kelly Martin
Russell ONeill
Rebecca Lavin
Amelia Biley
Monique Nagy
Adam Hernke

2020 Scholarship Recipients

 Congratulations 2020 Scholarship Recipients

Students

Carolyn Camplain
Erika Crable
Katherine Davis
Chantal Edge
Callie Ginapp
Katherine Ku
Alexandria Macmadu
Oluwadamilola Oladeru
Daina Stanley
Melissa Willoughby

ECC Investigators

Breanne Biondi
Megan Dickson
Meghan Novisky
Oluwatoyin Olukotun
Zoe Pulitzer
Kirsten Smith
Melissa Zielinski
Julia Zubiago

Community Based

Frank Carrillo
Victoria Carr (Palacio)
Frederick Nardei
Chasity Cadaoas
Gladys Darden
Teresa Marlowe
Noel Vest
MaDonna Garcia-Crowley
Donald Perry

Criminal Justice Based

Carrie Blumert
Kim Ekhaugen
Lentora Rogers
Lars Brown
Abby Rowlands
Jacqueline Naeem
Anthony Galston

2021 Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to annouce the 2021 keynote speakers.

Morgan GodvinMorgan Godvin is a freelance writer, advocate, harm reductionist, and Commissioner on the Oregon Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission. She is formerly incarcerated, having spent 4.5 years in federal custody for a drug conviction. Her advocacy centers around reducing the harms associated with drug use, preventing overdose death, improving jail and prison conditions, and increasing access to higher education in prison. She is a founding member of the Oregon Consortium for Higher Education in Prison. During her years of active addiction, she was jailed many times and has written about her experiences with drug court, court-mandated treatment, jail, and corrections health. She continues writing articles for popular press publications while beginning her academic career. Additionally, she works as a writer and researcher with the Health in Justice Action Lab at Northeastern University School of Law. She aspires to a career in public health law. She is a student at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health in Portland, Oregon.

 

 

 

Dr Chris BeasleyDr. Chris Beasley is a community psychologist who conducts community-engaged applied research to strengthen communities while also participating in community organizing to support such settings and helping students develop knowledge and skills for this work. As the Principal Investigator for the Post-Prison Education Research Lab (PERL), he uses a variety of psychological sub-disciplines to better understand social and psychological factors that facilitate and hinder transitions from prison to college. Dr. Beasley's current focus of inquiry is the psychological process through which formerly incarcerated people develop a broader understanding of their future potential and undergo processes of identity change. He is also strengthening UW Tacoma's support for people making these transitions by leading the development of a Husky Post-Prison Pathways program and advising the Formerly Incarcerated Student Association of UWT. As a community organizer, Dr. Beasley co-founded the national Formerly Incarcerated College Graduates Network and supports the development of similar networks of formerly incarcerated leaders and advocates for prison and post-prison higher education. Lastly, Dr. Beasley is a Board Director for From Prison Cells to PhD, an organization that provides post-prison higher education mentoring and support. 

 

 

Dr Stanley AndrisseDr. Stanley Andrisse. I am an endocrinologist scientist at and faculty at Howard University College of Medicine and Georgetown Medical Center. 


My interest in this stems from my story. Growing up in Ferguson-Florissant, Missouri, I got involved with making poor decisions at a very young age. By my early 20’s, those poor decisions had exacerbated and I found myself sitting in front of a judge facing 20 years to life for drug trafficking charges. The judge sentenced me to 10 years in a maximum-security prison. I did a lot of reading, writing, and soul searching in prison. Through many letters to judges and correctional officials, I was accepted into a drug rehabilitation program while in prison. 

Very much tied to my departure, my dad’s health plummeted while I was in prison. Through phone calls and letters, I’d hear that piece by piece, they amputated his lower limbs up to his torso. Before I could reconcile our relationship, he fell into a coma and passed due to complications associated with type 2 diabetes. In living and in passing, he was and remains my inspiration. Upon release, after several rejections, I was accepted into a Ph.D. program, completed my Ph.D./M.B.A. simultaneously, and moved on to and faculty at Howard University College of Medicine and Georgetown Medical Center performing diabetes research. 

Education has been the game changer for me. I share this with you to give you the perspective of why what I do is important to me. Policies like the "Ban the Box" bill will help change the life trajectory of men and women with criminal records. I am a three-time convicted felon. Education has given me the tools and the titles to balance out those strikes that I placed against me. More important than the letters behind my name, education has broadened my life perspective and has given me hope.

I am quite certain that it was because of this “criminal conviction” question that I was rejected from several of the PhD programs I had applied to. Fortunately for me, I had made a good impression on one of my college professors (before I went to prison). This professor vouched for me and had a connection to the admissions committee at Saint Louis University. I completed my PhD at the top of my class and 2 years earlier than expected, suggesting that I was indeed qualified to have been admitted to the other programs.

The short one sentence "Convictions" question is a mountainous barrier to one’s successful reintegration into society. It is my and many others’ scarlet letter. Yes, I am a convicted felon. But I am also a doctor, a scientist, an MBA holder, a newlywed husband, a son to an aging mother, a community organizer, an institutional leader, a youth mentor, a published author, and many other things. Eliminating me before you know all of these other great things is an injustice to society.

2021 Plenary Speaker Speakers

We are pleased to annouce 2021's virtual ACCJH conference plenary speakers. 

Dee Dee ChambleeDee Dee Chamblee is an Executive and a seasoned advocate within and for the Transgender community.  Ms. Chamblee has been a mentor, life coach, and consultant who brings over 20 years of solid community-based organizing and data collection experience, to bear on issues that include Gender Identity, Trans-healthcare, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse prevention, Mental Health, and Transformative Social Justice issues. In 2011 President Obama, honored her as a “Champion of Change” and her Blog on Trans-Equality debuted on the White House website, she continues to make change happen in Atlanta.

As co-founder of Solutions Not Punishment Coalition, a Trans-led group of social justice orgs and members, who all came together to stop! a Banishment ordinance that would have banished sex workers from the city of Atlanta. Snap Co offered the city a better solution than banishment by creating a Pre-Arrest Diversion Program. PAD.which has led to a more inclusive Lovely! Atlanta!  Lamour!!!

 

 

Johndi HarrellJondhi Harrell is the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC) in Philadelphia. TCRC offers comprehensive services for prisoners and formerly incarcerated people in the areas of re-entry, pre-entry, direct services and advocacy. Jondhi is a Community organizer, writer, Public speaker and advocate for criminal justice reform and a leader in the struggle against mass incarceration.

 

 

 

 

 

Pamela WinnPamela Winn is an activist from Atlanta, GA that studied Biology at Spelman College, obtained three post-secondary degrees in Nursing, and worked more than 10 years as a Registered Nurse specializing in Women’s Health prior to serving a 78 month federal sentence for a white-collar crime while pregnant.

Pamela Winn is the founder of RestoreHER US.America, a policy advocacy organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of justice-involved women and work in partnership with those women to end the mass incarceration of women of color and pregnant women. Pamela led RestoreHER to spearhead the unanimous passage of HB345, #DIGNITY For Incarcerated Women GA. She is also co-founder and board member of the Formerly Incarcerated College Graduates Network which promotes higher education of convicted people. Pamela serves as National Advisory Council for the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, the Women’s Advisory Board with Human Impact Partners, and the National Anti-Shackling Advisory Board where she developed a Bill of Rights for Incarcerated Pregnant People. She is a board member of Motherhood Beyond Bars and the Association for Justice-Involved Females and Organizations (AJF0).

Pamela Winn was invited to to the White House for the first Prison Reform Summit and the Criminal Justice Reform Summit where she spoke on Women’s Issues. She consulted on the federal legislation, Pregnant Women In Custody Act and also provided language for pregnant women in federal prison, which was instrumental in the historical passage of HR5682, First Step Act. 

Pamela Winn is a 2017 Leading with Conviction Fellow of JustLeadershipUSA, 2018 Erin J. Vuley Fellow with Feminist Women’s Center, 2019 Community Change Women’s Leadership Fellow, and 2019 Soros Justice Fellow.

 

Jose Hamza SaldanaJose Hamza Saldana is Director of RAPP, Release Aging People in Prison Campaign. RAPP is a grassroot community organizing and advocacy campaign co-founded by a collective of formerly incarcerated people. RAPP works to end mass incarceration and promote racial justice through the release of older people in prison and those serving long-term prison sentences as a means of uprooting greater forces of injustice that upholds legacies of racism, revenge, Perpetual punishment and the control of Black and other communities of color.

Jose Hamza Saldana is formerly incarcerated. He was released from state prison in January 2018 after a total of 38 years of incarceration. During the decades of incarceration, Jose had obtained a college degree. More importantly, he had committed himself to advocating for revolutionary solutions to the social and economic condition that People of Color inherit at birth, which has often led to perpetual incarceration.  He is a Resurrection Study Group Alumnus, which promote The Non-Traditional Approach to Criminal and Social Justice; co-founder of several therapeutic programs including, “A Challenge to Change: A Comprehensive Approach to addressing Criminal Thinking, Behavior and Attitudes;” “Mentoring Beyond the Walls: A Prison to School Pipeline;” and “Restorative Community Project: A Therapeutic Alternative to

Incarceration.” He is the recipient of the 2019 Freedom Fighter Award issued by Citizens Against Recidivism.

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 Jacqueline.Richards@umassmed.edu 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

COVID-19

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.

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