Conference News

The preliminary 2016 conference schedule is now available!

The 2016 conference theme is Implementation Science, and the preliminary schedule features presentations on the following:

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

Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities

Become a sponsor or exhibitor at the 10th Annual Academic & Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health!

Gain exposure with:

  • Leaders in Academe
  • Public Agencies
  • Policy Makers
  • Correctional Institutions
  • Criminal Justice Healthcare Experts

Last year we had more than 236 Attendees from 31 states, three countries, and 125 institutions!

View our SPONSOR PROSPECTUS to learn more.

Plenary Speakers Announced

Shira Shavit, MD

Shira Shavit, MD, is an Associate Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the University of California in San Francisco and the Executive Director of the Transitions Clinic Network. For over a decade, Dr. Shavit has been redefining national best practices for the care of incarcerated individuals and individuals transitioning home. 

Read more about Dr. Shavit.

Emily Wang, MD, MAS 

Dr. Emily Wang, MD, MAS, is an Associate Professor at the Yale School of Medicine and Co-Founder of the Transitions Clinic Network. Dr. Wang’s research focuses on promoting health equity for vulnerable populations, especially individuals with a history of incarceration, through both prison and community based interventions.

Read more about Dr. Wang.

Steve Belenko

Keynote Speaker Announced

Steven Belenko, Ph.D. is Professor in the Temple University Department of Criminal Justice, and is also affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine as adjunct Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry. Before joining the Temple faculty in August 2006, Dr. Belenko was a Senior Scientist at the Treatment Research Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Fellow at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. Prior positions were held at the New York City Criminal Justice Agency, New York City Office of the Mayor, Vera Institute of Justice, and Mathematica Policy Research.

Dr. Belenko is a nationally recognized scholar on the impact of substance abuse on the adult and juvenile justice systems, HIV risk behaviors and related service needs for offenders, and the integration of treatment and other services in criminal justice settings (including drug courts, diversion programs, and prisons). His current and recent research has involved improving implementation of evidence-based drug treatment in criminal justice settings; developing and testing organizational change and process improvement strategies to improve the implementation of treatment and other health services for inmates and probationers; prevalence, risk factors, and service needs for sexually transmitted infections among juvenile delinquents; development and testing of brief interventions for delinquents at risk for substance abuse; modeling economic costs and benefits of prison treatment, screening and admission processes in drug courts and mental health courts; computerized therapeutic interventions for drug-involved inmates; and improving use of evidence-based practices in juvenile drug courts.

He has been principal investigator on numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse including the Temple University Center for Adolescent Implementation Research, recently funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Dr. Belenko has published numerous articles and book chapters, and is the author of four books: Crack and the Evolution of Antidrug Policy (winner of the American Library Association’s Choice Magazine academic book of the year award), Drugs and Drug Policy in America: A Documentary History, Implementing Evidence Based Addiction Treatment in Community Corrections (with Dr. Faye Taxman), and Drugs, Crime and Justice (with Dr. Cassia Spohn). Dr. Belenko received his B.S. in applied mathematics and Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Columbia University.


Visit us at NCCHC!

ACCJH will be exhibiting at the National Conference on Correctional Health Care.

October 17-21, 2015 – Dallas, TX

This event, hosted by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care, provides correctional health professionals opportunities to learn, mentor, and connect.

Visit us at booth #208!

Baltimore, Maryland

Call for Papers! 9th Academic & Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health

Save the Date! The Correctional Health Conference is being held on March 17-18, 2016, in Baltimore, Maryland. 

The conference committee is now accepting abstracts for the 2016 conference. We invite you to submit your abstract for presentation at this event. The following formats are available:

  • Seminar: 60-minute seminars for facilitated policy discussions, panels or research skills (interactive)
  • Lecture: 30-minute lectures, detailed 20 minute topic presentation with 10 minute discussion
  • Peer Paper: 15-minute peer papers, tight 10 minute presentation on completed or in progress projects with 5-minutes Q&A
  • Special Topic Networking: 60-minute networking session focused on criminal justice health research, education, clinical care or policy
  • Poster:  Display and discuss an innovative correctional health clinical, quality or workforce development project

The submission deadline is September 22, 2015 at 9 p.m. EST.


We welcome presentations that reflect academic work germane to all aspects of correctional health clinical practice, research, workforce training and health policy. As a conference theme, the Board of Directors of the Academic Consortium on Criminal Justice Health is particularly interested in proposals focusing on Implementation Science related to important interventions to improve criminal justice health outcomes such as:

  • Community reentry
  • Strategies to reduce recidivism
  • Health policy
  • Public health
  • Infectious and communicable disease
  • Mental health
  • Substance abuse
  • Adolescent health care in juvenile facilities
  • Chronic illness care
  • Ethics of research with detainees
  • Research methods
  • Special Populations (e.g. seniors, women, transgender)
  • Education and training as workforce pipelines
  • Corrections-Academic partnerships
Embassy Suites Baltimore

2016 Conference Hotel Information

We are delighted to announce that the 9th Annual Academic & Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health will take place at the Embassy Suites Baltimore-Inner Harbor. Take advantage of our special conference rates! To receive this discount, you must make your hotel reservations before February 16, 2016.

Click here to learn more!

If you need hotel-related assistance, please call the Embassy Suites Baltimore, Inner Harbor at 1-800-Embassy Event Code: UMM