The AAMC developed toolkits to help institutions engage their academic and local communities in dialogue to identify actions individuals or institutions can take to move communities toward health and health care equity.
If you have any questions or want to share details about your institution’s experience with the toolkits, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Social Justice Behind and Beyond the Bars: Criminal Justice, Health, and Academic Medicine
The 2018 AAMC Social Justice Behind and Beyond the Bars: Criminal Justice Health and Academic Medicine Toolkit features videos, resources, discussion questions that community members and academic health centers can use to:
- Understand the critical issues in Correctional Health
- Understand the role of policy and the social determinants of health in creating and perpetuating mass incarceration and health inequities among criminal justice populations
- Understand the role of academic medical centers in the provision of health care, education, and the conduct of research to improve the health and well-being of criminal justice-involved populations
We encourage you to use the Social Justice Behind and Beyond the Bars: Criminal Justice Health and Academic Medicine videos to learn about the unique needs and inequities faced by the currently and formerly incarcerated and their families, and what Academic Medicine – across its research, education, clinical and diversity and inclusion missions – is and could be doing to improve the health and well-being for this community.
This video explores how incarceration impacts personal health and well-being.
This video provides a glimpse at the health care received while incarcerated.
This video explores topics about the health care received after being released from jail or prison.
During this video, the interviewees discuss how incarceration has impacted the health and well-being of their families.
UMass Health and Criminal Justice Program
The Health and Criminal Justice Program, a part of UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division, focuses on research and scholarship, education, service, and consulting for this population.
Video: How Prison Can Open a Window to Better Health
Jennifer Clarke, MD and medical program director for the Rhode Island Department of Corrections, explains the advantages of being a prison doctor.
Video: The Challenges of Being a Prison Health Care Provider
Warren Ferguson, MD, Vice Chair of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, outlines the unique set of competencies prison health care providers need to have.
Ferguson, W. J., Cloud, D., Spaulding, A. C., Shelton, D., Trestman, R. L., Altice, F. L., ... & Taxman, F. S. (2016). A call to action: a blueprint for academic health sciences in the era of mass incarceration. Journal of health care for the poor and underserved, 27(2), 5-17.
Video: Long-Term Recovery Begins with Culturally Informed Care
Tammy Weiner, director of operations and clinical director at The Hector Reyes House, discusses the program's unique approach to helping Latino men--some of whom have been incarcerated--recover from substance abuse for good.
Community Engagement, Precision Medicine, and Native Health
The 2017 AAMC Community Engagement Toolkit features presentations, discussion questions, and interviews with 17 urban-dwelling Native Americans that academic health centers can use to engage their communities in dialogue about the perceived risks and benefits of participating in the NIH All of Us Research Program and other research efforts. The All of Us Research Program was designed to deploy genetic, clinical, behavioral, and social data to deliver the right treatment to the right patient at the right time.
We encourage you to share the videos with your colleagues to assist with facilitating the conversation about concrete actions that an individual or an institution can take to engage diverse local communities, including Native populations, in discussions about and participation in research, generally and in genetic research, specifically. These videos do not address concerns from a tribal sovereignty perspective.
Community Engagement, Precision Medicine, and Native Health, Part 1. The perspectives from 17 urban-dwelling Native Americans/Alaskan Natives about the contributors to health. This video does not address concerns from a tribal sovereignty perspective. Additional resources are available from the National Congress of American Indians.
Community Engagement, Precision Medicine, and Native Health, Part 2.
Communities, Social Justice, and Academic Medical Centers
Events from 2015 in Baltimore and elsewhere rekindled the national dialogue about social injustice. Let’s work together to develop concrete actions that an individual, an institution, or the AAMC can take to address social determinants and health inequities.
We encourage you to use the videos to engage your institution and the communities it serves to explore how your clinical, research and education missions can improve community health and close health and health care gaps.
Baltimore City residents discuss how medical students can learn about improving the health of their community:
Baltimore city residents discuss their perspectives on how medical students, doctors and researchers can, should and do respond to social injustice and the social determinants of health.