Conference News

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.


Call for Abstracts! 13th Academic & Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health

Submission Deadline is September 5, 2019 at 9pm EST


  • 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


  • 60 minute presentations: Intended for facilitated panels, policy presentations, or research skills training designed for audience engagement. 
  • 30 minute presentations: Intended for extensive presentations which engage more audience input. Examples might include works in progress, research methods presentations or practice transformation. 
  • 15 minute presentation: Intended for concise 12- minute presentation on completed research or research in progress with 3 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.


The conference accepts proposed presentations or posters for consideration on any area of criminal justice health (see list of potential tracks below)
  • 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 Use Disorders
  • Infections from Injection Drug Use (HIV, HCV)
  • Community based participatory research
  • Clinical controversies on health care delivery behind bars
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).



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

SAVE THE DATE: 13th Academic & Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health to take place at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley April 2-3, 2020

13th Academic & Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health to take place at Raleigh Crabtree Marriott, Raleigh, NC

We are delighted to announce that this year's conference will take place at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley. We have a special conference rate of $175/ night 

Our conference discount will be available until Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Join us April 2-3 in Raleigh, NC

Reserve your room today!

Luxor Hotel & Casino Conference Rate Deadline in 1 Week!

There is one week left to reserve our conference hotel rate at the Luxor Hotel & Casino! After next Wednesday, rates will be based on the hotel's availability! Reserve your room today for the Academic & Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health

2019 Scholarship Recipients Announced!

Congratulations to our 2019 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 12th 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 2019 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
Alexander Davis Love
Kimberly Dong
Stacey Houston
Benjamin Howell
Stefanie Rezansoff
Lisa Scholin
Nora Abo Sido


Joella Adams
Linsey Belisle
Craig Cumming 
Kristen Elin Smith
Katherine Ku
Alexandria Macmadu
Megan Reed

Community Based Stakeholders 

MaDonna Marie Garcia- Crowley
Allicia Arredondo
Raymond M. Perez
Zahara Green
Ron Self
Robert Nixon, Jr.
Malcolm Lytell
Ron Hladky


 Warren J. Ferguson Scholarship

Margaret Erickson


2019 Plenary Speaker: Dr. Anne Spaulding

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.  



2019 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Christopher Jones

We are pleased to announce that this year's keynote speaker, for the 12th Academic Health & Policy Conference on Correctional Health, will be Dr. Christopher Jones.

Dr. Christopher Jones currently serves as Senior Advisor and Director of Strategy and Innovation in the CDC Injury Center. As Senior Advisor, he provides strategic policy and scientific direction and coordination on a broad range of injury and violence topics including drug overdose, suicide, and adverse childhood experiences. In addition, as the Director of Strategy and Innovation, he leads strategic planning efforts and the development of innovations across Injury Center programs and topics; leads a team of scientist and public health practitioners to advance innovative approaches to using data to inform prevention efforts, builds partnerships to advance public health data and surveillance, and strengthens interagency and nongovernmental collaborations on injury and violence prevention; and serves as a senior scientist conducting epidemiological and policy research. Prior to joining CDC, he served as the first Director of the National Mental Health and Substance Use Policy Laboratory at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). During his career, Dr. Jones has served as Acting Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science and Data Policy and Director of the Division of Science Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), senior advisor in the Office of the Commissioner at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and led the CDC’s drug abuse and overdose activities, among other assignments as a U.S. Public Health Service commissioned corps officer. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Reinhardt College, his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Mercer University, his Master of Public Health degree from New York Medical College, and is currently completing his Doctorate of Public Health in Heath Policy at The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.