Can We Achieve Health Equity without Addressing the Criminal Justice System? 

The U.S. is the world leader in incarceration, which disproportionately affects Black populations. Nearly one in three Black men will be imprisoned, and nearly half of Black women currently have a family member or extended family member who is in prison. Incarceration has profoundly harmful effects on physical and mental health upon release, but most community health systems are not equipped to care for the needs of the millions of individuals who cycle in and out of U.S. correctional facilities each year. Moreover, emerging literature on the family and community effects of mass incarceration points to negative health impacts on the female partners and children of incarcerated men, raising concerns that excessive incarceration could harm entire communities.

Please join us for a presentation and discussion with Emily Wang, MD, MAS, about the health of individuals, families, and communities whose lives have been affected by mass incarceration and the work of the Transitions Clinic Network (TCN). TCN is a national consortium of primary care clinics which employ formerly incarcerated individuals to work as community health workers to mitigate and prevent the health impacts of mass incarceration.

Event Details

  • Thursday, April 12
  • 11-11:45 a.m., networking lunch
  • 12-1:00 p.m., lecture and discussion
  • Denver Museum of Nature and Science: 2001 Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80205

Space is limited. Register by clicking the RSVP now button at the top of this page.

Dr. Wang will specifically discuss

  1. The unique health risks of patients with a history of incarceration.
  2. How the criminal justice system directly and indirectly impacts achieving health equity. 
  3. How to address the intersection of the criminal justice system and health in clinical practice, research or in community health. 

Emily_Wang_MD_headshot_MediumEmily Wang, M.D., M.A.S., is an Associate Professor in the Yale School of Medicine and head of the Health Justice Lab, a collaborative, innovative, interdisciplinary team focused on improving the health of individuals and communities who are impacted by mass incarceration. Dr. Wang has cared for thousands of individuals recently released from prison and is Co-Founder of the Transitions Clinic Network (TCN), a growing consortium of 23 community health centers nationwide dedicated to caring for recently released prisoners and defining best practices for the health care of individuals leaving correctional facilities.

Dr. Wang has served on the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine’s Health and Incarceration Workshop, Means of Violence Workshop, and the Steering Committee on Improving Collection of Indicators of Criminal Justice System Involvement in Population Health Data Programs. Her work has been published in the Lancet, Journal of the American Medical Association, American Journal of Public Health, and Health Affairs, and showcased in national outlets such as the New York Times, NPR, and CNN.

Dr. Wang has a B.A. from Harvard University, an M.D. from Duke University, and a M.A.S. from the University of California, San Francisco.   

Attending the event

Parking is available at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. 

Please enter the museum through the Ricketson Auditorium/Gates Planetarium Evening Entrance (#5) shown on this map: DMNS_Map_for_Sbarbaro_Lecture_Public_Health



  • When

  • 11:00 AM - 1:15 PM

  • Where

  • Denver Museum of Nature and Science
    2001 Colorado Blvd
    Denver, Colorado 80205