Prisoner Health is Community Health: Bringing a Transitions Clinic to Providence

Location: Providence, Rhode Island, population 179,207

The Problem: Incarcerated individuals often come from marginalized communities, making it no surprise that prison populations have high rates of untreated chronic and communicable disease, as well as behavioral health disorders.

Providence health care signHealthiest Cities & Counties Challenge Approach: In Providence, Rhode Island, the community seeks to intervene in the high-risk time of prison reentry to engage those who are recently released from prison and have chronic illnesses, such as substance abuse and mental illness. These ex-prisoners will be provided a healthy home, medical care, housing and employment, as well as assistance in navigating the health care system as they re-enter the community.

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