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International Network for Justice Health

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Project Summary

Justice Health is best conceived of as targeting:

(a) an especially high-risk population (those under the supervision of the justice system, either in institutions or in the community), that is

(b) served in a unique setting (one that is often offered in or coordinated by the justice system infrastructure in prisons, jails, and detention centers),

or (c) under unique circumstances in the community (for those supervised by justice systems while they continue to live at home or in more open community-based settings).

Justice health includes both adults and adolescents, as well as the families of justice-involved persons. Populations under the control of justice systems around the world are disproportionately racial and ethnic minorities, from lower socio-economic classes, and on the whole, are under-resourced, undereducated, and suffer from constellations of social, physical and mental health problems. Health care for these populations is often substandard, there is a common theme across the world of human rights concerns and issues of health care equity.

The International Network for Justice Health (INJH) is undergoing a four year exploratory process to determine how they can best inform and improve global justice health care issues. The first meeting, held in May 2009 in Orlando, Florida, addressed general justice health themes and long term objectives were identified. The second meeting was held in Scottsdale, Arizona June 26-28, 2010. At this meeting the INJH developed its objectives further and created specific goals for knowledge, development and dissemination. The conference included training and justice health related research sharing. To see documents and presentations from the 2010 INJH Conference, please click here.

Plans for the 2011 conference (tentatively scheduled for June 2011 in Los Angeles, California) will also be addressed.

This conference series is sponsered in large part by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). 

For examples of the knowledge mapping products that are being developed by the conference please click on this link that will take you to our Justice Health Libraries. 

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Upcoming Events

2010 International Network for Justice Health Conference

Event Date: June 26th, 2010 June 27th, 2010

Event Time: 8:00am - 5:30pm

Event Location: Westin Kierland Resort and Spa, Scottsdale, Arizona

This conference builds on the success of our May 2009 inaugural meeting of the International Network for Justice Health. At that first “blue sky” meeting, we commenced discussions about developing a collaboratory to advance the concept of justice health. We are very excited to announce that Catherine Gallagher (PI) and Faye Taxman (coPI) have secured funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) for a three-year conference series to develop the Network and related products. 

The 2010 International Network for Justice Health Conference was held June 27-28, 2010 at the beautiful Westin Kierland Resort & Space in Scottsdale, Arizona where we continued discussions and advanced the collective and individual strides in our joint goals. The conference included two days of intense sessions and research sharing.  Documents from the conference and links to all presentations, can be found below.


Conference Agenda

Conference Attendees


Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health and Development of an Academic Consortium for Correctional Health presented by Warren J. Ferguson, MD

Assessing Treatment Fidelity in Psychotherapy Outcome Research presented by Craig E. Henderson, PhD

Diverting Woman Parolees from Prison Study presented by Nena Messina, PhD and Nancy Chand, Esq.

Implementing Evidence-Based Drug Treatment in Criminal Justice Settings. Key Concepts and Challenges presented by Steven Belenko, PhD

Justice Health in Australia presented by Stuart Kinner, PhD

Justice Health Library Methods presented by Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco, MA

Justice Health Libraries Project Status Report presented by Anne Douds, JD, Jack Chirieleison, Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco, MA and Ajima Olaghere, MA. This link will take you directly to the Justice Health Libraries referenced in this presentation. 

Mapping Justice Health During Reentry at the Street Level presented by Ajima Olaghere, MA

Young Prisoners: a Critical Group for Justice Health Research presented by Kate vanDooren, PhD Candidate

2009 International Network for Justice Health Conference

Event Date: May 4th, 2009 May 7th, 2009

Event Time:

Event Location: JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes

Cochrane/Campbell Colloquium

Event Date: October 18th, 2010 October 22nd, 2010

Event Time: Full Day

Event Location: Keystone, Colorado

The 2010 Joint Colloquium of the Cochrane & Campbell Collaborations represents the first joint colloquium for these two groups. This Colloquium will focus on raising evidence-based decision making to new heights.

Visit the web site for the Joint Colloquium here.

Lloyd Society Director Leads Congressional Briefing

Event Date: October 26th, 2010

Event Time: 10:00am - 12:30pm

Event Location: U.S. Capitol Visitors Center

On October 26 at the U.S. Capitol, The Lloyd Society's Executive Director, Dr. Catherine Gallagher, leads a Congressional briefing in the Senate Meeting Room at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center. The briefing, entitled "Juvenile Justice in the Age of the Second Chance Act, the Youth Promise Act, and the JJDP Reauthorization Bill: Research Guided Policy Implications for Maximizing Reentry Initiatives for Adolescents," is co-sponsored by George Mason University's Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy and the Center for Justice Leadership and Management directed.

Leading researchers, including The Lloyd Society's Dr. Adam Dobrin, Dr. Nena Messina, Dr. Susie Nemes, and Ajima Olaghere are among those invited to brief policymakers about a common theme: how to meet the goals of the Second Chance Act with the available evidence across a variety of critical domains for adolescents in the juvenile justice system. 

Please click here to open the briefing web site in a new window.