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Incarceration Prevention

America imprisons more people than any other country by a considerable margin. What social conditions create this situation? How can public health understand and address the health effects of mass incarceration?

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Faculty in Incarceration Prevention

Angela Aidala
Associate Research Scientist
Sociomedical Sciences
Alwyn Cohall
Sociomedical Sciences, Population and Family Health, and Pediatrics at the Columbia University Medical Center
Bruce Armstrong
Special Lecturer
Population and Family Health
Diana Hernandez
Assistant Professor
Sociomedical Sciences
James Colgrove
Interim Chair and Professor
Sociomedical Sciences
Ruth Finkelstein
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Health Policy and Management
George Musa
Assistant Professor of Clinical
Epidemiology (in Psychiatry)
Seth Prins
Assistant Professor
Epidemiology and Sociomedical Sciences

News & Features

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Criminal Justice Investment Initiative has awarded a grant to Alwyn T. Cohall, MD, co-leader of an interdisciplinary team of investigators and community partners, professor of Sociomedical Sciences and Population and Family Health at Columbia University’s Ma
When it comes to an outsized challenge like mass incarceration in the United States, experts from every corner of public health are needed—and many are already hard at work studying how communities become vulnerable to population-level effects of mass incarceration and what conditions within
A research team at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health has been working with the Pennsylvania correctional system on a two-part program to study cancer health outcomes and disparities in the incarcerated male population. The overall aim of the program is improve cancer burd

Just Published

Armstrong, B.J., Kalmuss, D., Cushman, L.F., Bjarnadottir, R.I., Holstrom, A., Peters, Z.J. Valera, P., & Cohall, A.T. (2016). Academic Health Center–Community Justice Program Partnerships: Linking Men in the Justice System to Health Care. Progress in Community Health Partnerships. View Abstract

Valera, P., Boyas, J.F., Bernal, C., Briones Chiongbian, V., Chang, Y., & Shelton., R.C. (2016). A Validation of the Group-Based Medical Mistrust Scale in Formerly Incarcerated Black and Latino Men. American Journal of Men’s Health. View abstract

Wallace, S.A., Strike, K.S., Yonnette Marcia Glasgow, Y.M., Lynch, K. & Fullilove, R.E. (2016). 'Other than That, I’m Good': Formerly Incarcerated Young Black Men’s Self-Perceptions of Health Status. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. View abstract

Cohall, A.T.  (2016). Falling Through the Cracks: Young Adults, Drugs, and Incarceration. American Journal of Public Health. View abstract. 

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