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The 2018 AAMC Social Justice Behind and Beyond the Bars: Criminal Justice Health and Academic Medicine Community Engagement Toolkit features videos, resources, and 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.

During this video, interviewees provide recommendations for medical students, doctors, the health care system and society as a whole about how to better provide care for those who are and have been criminally justice involved.

Toolkit Resources

Additional Resources

Medical Education

  • 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.


Clinical Care


Community Resources

  • Video: Long-Term Recovery Begins with Culturally Informed Care
    Tammy Weiner, former 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.