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Am J Public Health. 2013 May;103(5):830-8. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2012.300961. Epub 2013 Mar 14.

The role of prevention in promoting continuity of health care in prisoner reentry initiatives.

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  • 1The Consultation Center, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA.


Most incarcerated individuals will return to the community, and their successful reentry requires consideration of their health and how their health will affect their families and communities. We propose the use of a prevention science framework that integrates universal, selective, and indicated strategies to facilitate the successful reentry of men released from prison. Understanding how health risks and disparities affect the transition from prison to the community will enhance reentry intervention efforts. To explore the application of the prevention rubric, we evaluated a community-based prisoner reentry initiative. The findings challenge all involved in reentry initiatives to reconceptualize prisoner reentry from a program model to a prevention model that considers multilevel risks to and facilitators of successful reentry.

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