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Engaged scholarship at Brown is designed to create high-impact learning experiences and collaborative educational partnerships among students, faculty, and community partners that address major social challenges and produce tangible public benefits. Designing Education for Better Prisoner and Community Health (PHP 1820) is a multi-semester practicum that trained students to design, prototype, and implement health education programs that target health literacy issues often encountered by current and former prisoners and other low-income, underserved populations. In the Spring 2016 course that inaugurated the practicum, students were provided the background and skillsets required to create health education programs focused on the particularly acute health needs of this population. The multi-semester project was created by the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights in collaboration with the RI Department of Corrections and Brown faculty.
Over the summer, project teams collaborated with medical experts, staff at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections (RIDOC), a graphic designer and a videographer, and people who are justice-involved to develop working prototypes of their programs. The project teams, which included former prisoners as consultants, created educational videos, curricula, posters, pamphlets, and booklets across six health topics that were tested and refined in collaboration with justice-involved individuals. Most projects are in final production stages, and two are currently being implemented at RIDOC. At full roll-out, projects will impact literally thousands of prisoners annually. One project is being adapted and translated by the RI Department of Health for use with the states’ refugee populations.
Six student projects are being or will be implemented: Hepatitis C, Medication Assisted Therapy (for individuals with Opioid Use Disorder), Navigating the Healthcare System Post-Release, Women’s Weight Management, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, and Trauma-informed Intervention for Male Inmates: Dealing with Difficult Emotions and Deepening Critical Reflection Skills.
Join the Swearer Center, the School of Public Health, and the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights as we showcase students’ health education programs, and discuss their impact on students and the community. Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 4-5:30 pm, School of Public Health, 121 S. Main St., Rm 375. Refreshments will be served.