CEO, Corrections & Health, The Bridging Group
Associate Clinical Professor (affiliated), Department of Social and Behavioral Science, University of California, San Francisco
About your speaker
Since 1986, Barry Zack has engaged at multiple levels of public health programming and research in the prison setting. He is a national (U.S.) expert and international consultant in the field of prison and community health.
Barry has extensive experience in the complex cross-cultural collaborative dynamics of academic, community, correctional, and public health research projects.
Barry has been conducting research and directing behavioral interventions with a focus on infectious diseases (HIV/STDs/TB and hepatitis), and substance use in prison and jail settings. He has also served as the Principal Investigator of multiple national (U.S.) research studies and has consulted in Africa, Australia, Central and Southeast Asia, Israel and throughout the United States; he has served as an external consultant for the U.S. CDC, SAMHSA (Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration), and the National Institutes of Health. Barry consulted in the U.S. on the Surgeon General's "Call to Action on Corrections and Community Health," as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's "Prevention and Control of Infections with Hepatitis Viruses in Correctional Settings." He also served as a committee member of the Institute of Medicine's report on "Ethical Considerations for the Protection of Prisoners Involved in Research."
Prisons and jails provide access to a population with an increased burden of infectious and chronic conditions. In the U.S., an estimated 66 percent of people in prison and 40 percent of people in jail reported they are taking prescription medication. Assuming that over 95% of people in jail or prison will be released to the community, continuity of care is critical. This presentation will present an overview of what works in continuity of care.