Emily Wang, MD, MAS is a Professor in the Yale School of Medicine and Public Health and directs the new SEICHE Center for Health and Justice. The SEICHE Center is a collaboration between the Yale School of Medicine and Yale Law School working to stimulate community transformation by identifying the legal, policy, and practice levers that can improve the health of individuals and communities impacted by mass incarceration. She leads the Health Justice Lab research program, which receives National Institutes of Health funding to investigate how incarceration influences chronic health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and opioid use disorder, and uses a participatory approach to study interventions which mitigate the impacts of incarceration. In this episode, Dr. Wang discusses her journey to working with incarcerated populations, and how global conceptualizations of incarceration compare to those in the United States. Additionally, she sheds light on current issues in the criminal justice system during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Wang discusses her current work, where her team collaborates with community health workers with a history of incarceration. She conveys the importance of engaging these stakeholders in public health work, as they are vital to community revitalization.
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