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2019 Conference Schedule Available and Registration is Open!


We are very excited to announce that the 2019 Academic & Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health schedule is available- with a record number of presentations! 

2019 Conference Schedule

Registration for the event has also opened:


Registration Fees until February 15th/ After February 15th

  • ACCJH Members: $350 / $375

  • Non-Members: $525/ $550 (includes 1 year of ACCJH Individual Membership!)

  • Students: $200 / $225 with membership only. Student membership to ACCJH is FREE! Register as a member to receive the discounted rate!




We look forward to working with you in Las Vegas March 21-22, 2019!

Call for Scholarship Applications!



 The Academic Consortium on Criminal Justice Health is pleased to open the application process for scholarships to the 12th Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health. This year's conference will take place March 21st & 22nd at the Luxor Hotel & Casino. We are pleased to announce that 8 scholarships are available to junior investigators with funding from the National Institute of Drug Abuse and the Langeloth Foundation. Learn more about junior investigator and student scholarships.



With a generous grant from the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation, the Academic Consortium is pleased to offer scholarships to the 12th Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health in Las Vegas, Nevada March 21-22. 2019. We welcome applications from individuals whose professional and volunteer work focuses on health issues facing justice involved individuals and citizens who are incarcerated or who have returned to the community. Community health workers, advocates, patient navigators, case managers and other allied professionals or volunteers are encouraged to apply. Learn more about community based stakeholder scholarships.


SAVE THE DATE: 12th Academic & Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health to take place at Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV!


We are delighted to announce that this year's conference will take place at the Luxor Resort and Casino. We have a special conference rate of $80/ night + $30 resort fee (standard for Las Vegas) with a total of just $110/ night! 

Our conference discount will be available until Wednesday, February 27, 2019. 

Join us March 21-22, 2019 in Las Vegas!

Reserve your room today!

Call for Abstracts! 12th Academic Health & Policy Conference on Correctional Health

Submission Deadline September 4, 2018 at 9pm EST


  • Learn about emerging research across the field 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 correctional 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 correctional health and criminal justice


  • 60 minute seminars: for facilitated policy discussions, panels or research skills training 
  • 30 minutes lectures: detailed 20 minute topic presentation with 10 minute of Q&A 
  • 15 minute peer papers: tight 10 minute presentation on completed or in progress projects with 5 minutes of Q&A
  • Poster Presentations


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 Abuse 
  • Infections from Injection Drug Use (HIV, HCV)
  • Community based participatory research
  • Clinical controversies on health care delivery behind bars


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 first-person 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


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Call for Proposals: Enlightened Justice: Advancing Treatment | November 14-16, 2018 | Hyatt Regency – Jersey City, NJ

Enlightened Justice: Advancing Treatment

November 14-16, 2018 | Hyatt Regency – Jersey City, NJ

Call for Proposals

Deadline to submit: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at Noon Eastern Time
Thank you for responding to the AAJ 2018 Call for Proposals.  We are thrilled that you are interested in sharing your expertise with other members. This document aims to answer the most frequently asked questions about the Call for Proposals process. Please take a minute to review it before you submit your final proposals.

Basic information

Who should submit the proposal?
The person submitting the proposal will act as the session organizer. They will serve as the primary contact with AIA staff. The organizer may be the primary speaker, a logistical contact for the primary presenter or a planning committee volunteer. The organizer will be responsible for following the submission guidelines and meeting deadlines for preparation and delivery. The organizer will be responsible for communicating with their entire speaker panel.  

Conference theme
According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, it is estimated more than 2 million arrests in the US involve people with serious mental illnesses.  The National Conference of State Legislatures acknowledges an important and intersecting area of criminal justice and health policy is how to better handle a person with a mental illness who becomes involved in the criminal justice system. People who are experiencing a mental health crisis are more likely to encounter police than get medical help, again, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.  As a result, 64% of jail inmates have a mental health problem, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Agencies and officials at many stages of the criminal justice system face the challenge of responding effectively to these needs. State legislatures are interested in how policies can achieve better results for individuals and both systems.

The 2018 Academy of Architecture for Justice Conference will provide a venue for us to rethink and reassess.  We will carry on and integrate what we have been exploring at our national conferences the past several years up to this conference focusing on collaborative inter- and transdisciplinary design.  Just as we want our politicians to cross the aisle and work together, we need to tear down silos and partner with our fellow knowledge communities, such as the Academy of Architecture for Health and other allies, for their expertise.  Together, we can disrupt and redefine how we as architects, owners and affiliates address our mental health crisis with our justice facilities.

The theme for the 2018 conference builds on previous conference themes (social justice, challenging the status quo, transdisciplinary justice) and focuses on the mental health crisis in the justice system.   The conference will continue to highlight traditional justice building types (corrections/detention, courts and law enforcement), but we highly encourage presenters to focus on innovative solutions / concepts that address the mental health crisis through a lens of community engagement, treatment, and operations that transcends building type. Collaborating with other AIA Knowledge Communities such as the Academy of Architecture for Healthcare (AAH) is encouraged. Additionally, collaborating with other subject matter experts including but not limited to policymakers, healthcare practitioners and community advocates is encouraged.

Discounts and travel
The AIA will offer a reduced registration fee for all presenters. Please note: No reimbursement is available for travel or lodging costs.

02/15/18              – Call for Proposals Released
05/01/18              – Due Date
05/17/18              – Proposal Decision Communicated

Submission and Review Process

Proposals will be assessed by a group of peer reviewers comprised of subject matter experts in the justice architecture industry and evaluated according to the criteria below.

  • Proposals are rated, ranked and selected based on the following criteria:
    • Topic discussed is an objective best practice
    • Relevance of the content to the conference theme
    • Solutions that are innovative and/or an emerging practice trend

Title: The title should be a short, benefits-oriented statement of no more than eight words. The AIA reserves the right to edit and adjust the title to meet AIA/CES requirements. Once a proposal is accepted, session titles may not be changed except by the AIA.

Session summary:  This is essentially an elevator pitch. Speaking directly to the prospective attendees, briefly state what the session is about; what they will gain by attending; what new information or emerging trends will be addressed. Provide a snapshot of your session from the beginning to the end, if possible.

Learner outcomes
In this section, we are looking for measurable results that will come from your presentation ‐‐ what the learner (attendee, participant, etc.) will be able to do after attending your presentation. Please list four (4) measurable outcomes; proposals will not be considered without valid Learner Outcomes.

Learner Outcomes are best expressed by using active verbs such as: identify, discover, practice, describe, chart, define, list, etc. For example: “By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to identify key skills needed to influence change”.

Delivery style: To deliver engaging and interactive learning, AIA will give preference to proposals that promote audience participation and engagement over lecture‐style and/or one‐way panel presentations. Examples of such formats include:

  • Panel Discussion: Group of experts discussing emerging trends or innovative topics; engaging the audience in peer-to-peer discussion. *Incorporating AIA emerging professionals in panel discussions is preferred.
  • Case Study: A single or short shortlist of projects presented with facts, problems, and data with questions to generate discussion and solutions. * Incorporating Project architects, owners, users, and/or subject matter experts in panel discussions is preferred.
  • Workshop: An AAJ committee may request a space/time for a working session.
  • Plenary / Keynote (internal use only)
  • Tour (internal use only)

Speaker leads: Demonstrate to the peer reviewers that you have identified who has the expertise necessary to present the content you have outlined. Due to the complexity of most topics presented, the peer reviewers expect many viewpoints to be represented.  We would like to get a sense of who are you engaging to join your panel. We encourage you to include names where known and roles for all. Identify qualifications and expertise of each presenter.

Editing your submission
Please note, if you wish to begin completing the form and plan to edit your answers later, you will receive an “edit link” in a confirmation email after you press [Submit]. If you wish to add a required item in later, you will still have to enter some text (such as "edit later") into the field to submit. We will not check final submissions until after the due date.

We also highly recommend writing your answers out in a text or Word document and pasting them into the form in case there are any errors with submission.


All submitters will receive an automated email confirmation of their submission was received. If you do not receive an email confirmation, contact Bruce Bland at or 202-626-7557.

Get started now! 

Deadline to submit: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at Noon Eastern Time


2018 Scholarship Recipients Announced!

Congratulations to our 2018 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 11th 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 2018 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
Breana Castonguay
Laurel Davis
Alexandria Macmadu
Annelise Mennicke
Stephanie Grace Prost
Gambhir Shrestha
Tonya Van Deinse 


Joella W.Adams
Amanda Bunting
Angela Di Paola
Rachel Ekaireb
Kristen Elin Smith
Venita Embry
Erin McCauley
Anh Nguyen

Community Based Stakeholders 

Torrey Alendus- Green
Brenda Baker
Dionne Dempster
MaDonna Marie Garcia- Crowley
Monya Harper-Harris
Ronald Sanders
Ida Terry

 Warren J. Ferguson Scholarship

Precious Bedell






2018 Warren J. Ferguson Scholarship Recipient | Precious Bedell

We are pleased to announce that our 2018, and first since its inception, Warren J. Ferguson scholarship recipient will be Precious Bedell. 

UMass Medical School created the Warren J. Ferguson Scholarship to honor its namesake’s contributions to the field of criminal justice health. The scholarship was announced March 16, 2017 at the Academic & Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health, which Dr. Ferguson founded 11 years ago.

Ms. Bedell works as a Human Subject Research Coordinator in the Department of Psychiatry, at the University of Rochester with the Women’s Initiative Supporting Health, (WISH). WISH is one of 21 clinics of the Transition Clinic Network (TCN) that provides health care to individuals recently released from jails and prisons. Bedell was certified at City College in San Francisco as a Post Prison Health Worker (PPHW) Certificate, a 21-unit course of study that prepares students to work with formerly incarcerated clients and community members. Currently she is training community health workers with The Health Profession Opportunity Grant with WISH and Action for a Better Community. She is also a doctoral student at The Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester. Her vision is to engage community members in improving their lives spiritually, mentally and physically.

Bedell is devoted to improving the lives of people affected by incarceration.  She is a specialist in providing resources and helping those reentering from prisons and jails on how to navigate complex medical, social and reentry services. She founded and directs the Turning Points Resource Center, a nonprofit that supports the families of those incarcerated, which is a prison ministry at the Episcopal Dioceses of Rochester, NY. She worked on behalf of Rochester’s “Ban the Box” campaign, which aims to prevent employment discrimination against those with criminal records. They won the support at the local level. Their advocacy continues for support at the state level.

Bedell’s community service is wide-ranging. She volunteers with the Monroe County Reentry Task Force, is a Board Member of the Safer Monroe Area Re-Entry Team and the Academic Consortium of Criminal Justice Health, member of the Steering Committee for Ticket to Ride, (fundraiser to purchase bus passes for individuals with mandated court appointments)  the Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network, is a member of the African American Health Coalition at Common Grounds Health Association, Facing Race Embracing Equality, and she is on the planning committee of Big Brothers and Big Sisters. She continues to be a guest lecturer in the University’s Department of Political Science, and has spoken about addressing health disparities at a summer brown bag series hosted by the Department of Psychiatry Department Diversity and Inclusion Action Team, which she is also a member.



2018 Plenary Speaker: Josiah D. Rich, MD, MPH

We are pleased to announce that this year's plenary speaker, for the 11th Academic Health & Policy Conference on Correctional Health, will be Josiah D. Rich, MD, MPH.

 Josiah D. Rich, MD, MPH is a Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Brown University and a Practicing Infectious Disease Specialist at The Miriam Hospital and at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections - caring for prisoners with HIV Infection and other Diseases since 1994.

Dr. Rich has extensive expertise in the care and prevention of disease in addicted and incarcerated individuals.  This combined clinical experience has given him a unique vantage point from which to understand at a deep level the challenges, as well as, the opportunities that the incarcerated setting offers.  This has informed and driven his Research Career, which has focused on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of HIV/AIDS and Co-Morbid conditions, especially among incarcerated and addicted populations. 

Currently, Dr. Rich is the Principal Investigator on two (2) R01’s and a K24 all focused on incarcerated populations.  He has had continuous Federal Research Funding for two (2) decades and has published well-over 190 Peer-Reviewed Publications, predominantly in the overlap between Infectious Diseases, Addictions, and Incarceration. 

He is the Director and Co-Founder of “The Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights” at The Miriam Hospital (  He is also the Co-Founder of the Nationwide Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR) collaboration in HIV in Corrections (CFAR/CHIC) initiative.  Dr. Rich has advocated for public health policy changes to improve the health of people with addiction, including improving legal access to sterile syringes and increasing drug treatment for the incarcerated and the formerly incarcerated populations.

In 2015, Dr. Rich was appointed by Rhode Island’s Governor Gina Raimondo, as an Expert Advisor to the Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force - charged with formulating a Strategic Plan to address addiction and stop overdose deaths in Rhode Island.  He has also served as an Expert for the National Academy of Sciences, The Institute of Medicine and many others.



1977 - 1982   B.A., Chemistry:  Columbia University, New York, NY

1982 - 1983   Division of Medical Sciences - Cell and Developmental Biology:  Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

1983 - 1987   Medical Doctor - M.D. :  University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA

1990 - 1991    Master of Public Health - MPH:  Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA



1987 – 1988    Internship:  Emory University Affiliated Hospitals, Atlanta, GA

1988 – 1990  Residency, Internal Medicine Emory University Affiliated Hospitals, Atlanta, GA

1991 – 1993  Fellowship, HIV/AIDS , Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA

1991 – 1993  Fellowship, Infectious Disease Harvard Medical School Combined Infectious Disease Training

                    Program: (Beth Israel Hospital, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, West Roxbury VA Medical

                    Center, Children’s Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute), Boston, MA

WE HAVE A NEW 2018 CONFERENCE VENUE! | The Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria

Our previously announced hotel, the Omni Houston Hotel, suffered extensive damage during Hurricane Harvey and will not reopen in time for our conference. We have fortunately found a wonderful alternate space in the Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria, in close proximity to the Omni and other Galleria-area attractions, at a lower rate!

An online reservation site will be available in early December.

Hotel Information

2018 Conference Location | March 22-23, 2018

Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria | 2222 West Loop South Houston, TX 77027

$159/ night

An online reservation site will be available in early December.



George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)

Distance: 28 mi  

SuperShuttle Charge (one way): $27.00

2800 N Terminal Rd, Houston, TX 77032

Taxi Service: Approximately $60 each way


William P Hobby Airport

Distance 16 mi

SuperShuttle Charge (one way): $24.00

7800 Airport Blvd, Houston, TX 77061

Taxi Service: Approximately $53 each way



Station Name: AmTrak Houston - Downtown
Distance: 9.0 MI / 14.48 KM SOUTH EAST to Hotel
Head south on West Loop S and take the ramp onto I-610 N. Take exit 11 and merge onto I-10 E toward Downtown. Take exit 769A for Smith St. Turn right at Franklins St. Turn right at Elder St. and right onto Washington Ave.


2018 Keynote Speaker: Dr Éamonn O’Moore

We are pleased to announce that this year's keynote speaker, for the 11th Academic Health & Policy Conference on Correctional Health, will be Dr Éamonn O’Moore.

Dr Éamonn O’Moore, Consultant in Public Health, graduated in medicine from University College Dublin in 1991. He was appointed National Lead for Health & Justice in the newly formed Public Health England (PHE) and Director of the UK Collaborating Centre for the WHO Health in Prisons Programme (European Region) in April 2013. He is an international expert on prison health, has written national and international guidelines on managing health issues in prisons, contributed to research in this area, and supported the development of national surveillance systems for infectious diseases in prisons in England and the WHO Europe Region. He is member of the Health & Justice Partnership Board, chaired by the Department of Health, and NHS England’s Health & Justice Clinical Reference Group as well as the Prison Healthcare Board for England. He has advised expert groups, including NICE, WHO, national governments and the European Centre for Disease Surveillance and Control (ECDC). Throughout his career, he has worked to understand and meet the health and social care needs of vulnerable, marginalised or excluded people and communities. His research interests include prison health, migrant health, sexual health, HIV & blood –borne viruses (BBVs), and health inequalities.