Key speakers are lined up and registration is open for correctional health conference

February 28, 2019

The 12th Academic & Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health will feature a keynote address by Christopher M. Jones, PharmD, MPH, LCDR, a leader at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with expertise in the intersect of infectious disease, addiction treatment and justice-involved individuals. The conference will take place March 21-22 at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dr.  Jones is senior advisor and director of strategy and innovation in the CDC’s Injury Center. He is known for his innovative approaches to using data to inform prevention efforts, building partnerships to advance public health data and surveillance, and strengthening collaborations on injury and violence prevention. He has also been in recovery from opioid addiction for more than 16 years. Jones has shared his personal story on becoming addicted when he was a teenager after being prescribed an opioid for pain following the removal of his wisdom teeth.

Attendees will also attend a plenary presentation and hear from Anne Spaulding, MD, MPH, a physician-researcher who has dedicated the past 16 years to working on HIV among incarcerated persons. Renowned for her expertise in correctional health care epidemiology, Spaulding has authored more than 50 papers on correctional health issues, and worked on diverse, multimillion-dollar projects, including integrating HIV testing into the intake process at a county jail and linking inmates to HIV primary care. Spaulding has leadership experience with the Rhode Island Department of Corrections, CDC, and the Georgia Prison System.

The Academic & Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary forum which draws criminal justice health care leaders from more than 100 academic and correctional institutions across the globe. The conference tackles issues correctional health and juvenile justice professionals grapple with every day: chronic illness, suicide and self-injury, substance abuse and recidivism in growing detainee populations.

The annual conference is delivered by the Academic Consortium on Criminal Justice Health and hosted by UMass Medical School. Sponsors include the National Institute on Drug Abuse, The Jacob & Valeria Langeloth Foundation, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Gilead, Alkermes, Centurion, and UConn School of Nursing.

To view the conference schedule or to sign up to attend the two-day event, please visit the conference website.  

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