Conference News


Our Hearts Are With Houston

Since Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, many of us watched and listened to the news with horror and disbelief.  Harvey is the first Category 4 storm to hit the U.S. in 13 years, and has left an enormous path of destruction in its wake.

Local officials have blamed the storm for more than 31 deaths and many more injuries, which flooded parts of the Houston area with more than three feet of rain. In some places, rain totals surpassed 50 inches - a new record for the continental United States. With more than 32,000 people in shelters in Texas, the need for disaster relief is enormous and it will take months for people to reclaim and rebuild their lives. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has supplied more than five million meals to evacuees to date, and 210,000 people have registered with the agency for assistance, according to Texas governor Greg Abbott.
As volunteers around the country flocked to Texas to provide emergency assistance to storm victims, and have begun the process of trying to help rebuild, we want to extend our heartfelt desire to help our institutional member, University of Texas Medical Branch, and their home.
As an organization, we have encouraged our colleagues who can to donate to The American Red Cross. The organization is working around the clock to help the thousands of people devastated by Hurricane Harvey and those who require medical care and basic supplies. To donate, please visit  Thank you for supporting those in need during this difficult time and contributing what you can


2018 Call for Scholarship Applications

The Academic Consortium on Criminal Justice Health is pleased to open the application process for scholarships to the 11th Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health. This year's conference will take place March 22nd & 23rd at the Omni Houston Hotel 4 Riverway, Houston, TX 77056. We are pleased to announce that scholarships are available to junior investigators with funding from the National Institute of Drug Abuse and the Langeloth Foundation. The Langeloth Foundation will be funding student scholarships, and we are pleased to announce a new student scholarship opportunity, the Warren J. Ferguson Scholarship, which is funded in 2018 by Commonwealth Medicine.

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Call for Papers! 11th Academic Health & Policy Conference on Correctional Health

March 22-23, 2018 at the Omni Houston Hotel in Houston, TX

Submission Deadline September 8, 2017 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
  • 60 minute Special Topic Networking Sessions


Theme for the 11th Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health: While the conference accepts proposed presentations or posters for consideration on any area of criminal justice health (see list of potential tracks below), we are interested in patterns, experiences and outcomes of health service utilization in criminal justice involved populations, including care provided during incarceration and both during and after community reentry. We welcome presentations on ways to effectively address the complex needs of justice involved populations, including particular emphasis in 2018 on Population Health Management and Data Driven Decision Making.

  • 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



Save The Date: March 22-23, 2018 | 11th Academic Health & Policy Conference on Correctional Health

The Correctional Health Conference provides a forum for researchers, clinicians, administrators, educators, policy makers, and grant funding leaders to network, share evidence, and learn about emerging research and relevant policy updates in the field of correctional health care. This year's conference is taking place at the Omni Houston Hotel, Houston, TX.

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Gray Areas- Alia Moore, MD

Congratulations to Alia Moore, MD of University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora on the publication of this piece! Dr. Moore is one of our past scholarship recipients and a two-time attendee at the Academic Health & Policy Conference on Correctional Health. 

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FY 2017 BJS Visiting Fellows: Criminal Justice Statistics Programs Application Due: May 4, 2017

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is seeking applications for funding for one or more visiting fellows in its Criminal Justice Statistics Programs. Read more...

The Case for the Patient-Centered Medical Home in Correctional Healthcare- Julie White blogs with Huffington Post

Given the advantages of patient-centered medical homes, it would make sense to apply the team-oriented principles to one of our most underserved populations: incarcerated individuals. Julie White of the University of Massachusetts Medical School's Health and Criminal Justice Program writes on PCMH for the HuffPost Blog. 


Hotel Rooms Available! Room block secured at Courtyard Marriott!

The 10th Academic Health & Policy Conference on Correctional Health is coming up March 16-17, 2017 at the Atlanta Airport Marriott and has received a great response! Last week, the hotel room block sold out. We were able to contract additional rooms at the Courtyard by Marriott Atlanta Airport South/Sullivan Road, less than a mile away from the conference venue (Atlanta Airport Marriott) with a free shuttle. Details below:

Overflow Hotel

Courtyard by Marriott Atlanta Airport South/ Sullivan Road

2050 Sullivan Rd.

College Park, GA 30337

Visit our Reservation Site 

Or Call: (800) 321-2211 or (770) 997- 2220 and ask for University of Massachusetts Medical School group rate

$129/ night 

This hotel shares a shuttle with the Atlanta Airport Marriott. The shuttle runs every 15 minutes.

Call soon! Limited amount of rooms available!


Register for the conference today!

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in Prison and Re-entry Programs- Webinar Hosted by the Office of National Drug Control Policy

You’re Invited

I would like to cordially invite you to join a webinar conversation entitled: Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in Prison and Re-entry Programs. This webinar will highlight examples of MAT programs as viable and beneficial components of prison and re-entry services for individuals with opioid use disorders.  

  • The Kentucky Department of Corrections implemented an MAT program in state corrections facilities and county jails. The program is consistent with the Bureau of Prisons model of administering two injections of extended-release injectable naltrexone prior to release. Kentucky Department of Corrections is working with the University of Kentucky to evaluate criminal justice and treatment outcomes.
  • The Rhode Island Department of Corrections is a combined prison and jail system that implemented a statewide Medication Assisted Treatment program, offering methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone. Inmates can continue to stay on MAT up to one year while incarcerated and can receive MAT prior to release. Rhode Island Department of Corrections is working with Brown University to conduct a program assessment.

The webinar will take place on January 13, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EST).

Please register for this event at

You will be able to submit questions when you register, and our presenters will also respond to live questions during the webinar. Details on how to access the webinar will only be sent to parties who register.

Please note that participants must call into the webinar for the audio portion of the call.

I encourage you to share this invitation with other parties who are interested in supporting access to quality treatment for individuals with substance use disorders. I hope you can join us.  

Thank you,

Michael P. Botticelli
Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy



2017 Conference Registration Open and Preliminary Schedule Available!

The 10th Academic Health & Policy Conference on Correctional Health will take place in Atlanta, GA March 16-17th at the Atlanta Airport Marriott. 

The preliminary conference schedule is now available here and registration for the conference is now open. The conference will feature presentations on the following:

  • Mental Health
  • Special Populations
  • Quality
  • Infectious Disease
  • Workforce
  • Substance Abuse 
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Reentry
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health
  • Research
  • Chronic Illnesses
  • and more

Register today for this great event. 

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