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.