We are pleased to announce that this year's plenary speaker, for the 12th Academic Health & Policy Conference on Correctional Health, will be Dr. Anne Spaulding.
Anne Spaulding MD MPH is a physician-researcher who has worked in the area of HIV among incarcerated persons for the past 16 years. She served as medical director for the Rhode Island Department of Corrections, a combined jail/prison system, for the first 5 ½ years after her fellowship training in infectious disease. After spending two years at the Center for Disease Control, where she focused on correctional public health, she assumed the position of Associate Medical Director in the Georgia Prison System. She joined the Department of Epidemiology at Rollins School of Public Health in October 2005. Projects have included serving as Principal Investigator for the Evaluation and Support Center of a $22M, six year initiative funded by HRSA on linkage of jail inmates to HIV primary care and a CDC-funded project to integrate HIV testing into the intake process at Fulton County Jail. Jail nurses were trained to conduct confidential, rapid, opt-out HIV testing. That project gave over 50 persons, including many Black men who have sex with men, the opportunity to learn for the first time that they were HIV infected. She has authored over 50 papers on infectious diseases and other health issues specific to correctional settings.Dr. Anne Spaulding is director of the Preparedness in Jails Project, part of the Emory PERRC Translation and Dissemination Initiative. Dr. Spaulding has spent years working in healthcare in correctional facilities. During the Emory PERRC, Dr. Spaulding led a project surveying jails regarding their level of preparedness during the H1N1 pandemic. Currently, Dr. Spaulding is an associate professor in the epidemiology department, renowned for her expertise in correctional healthcare epidemiology.