In Connecticut and across the country, there is a decades-old health crisis for those coming home from prison. In New Haven 1,200 individuals are released from incarceration to the community each year and 80-85% have chronic health problems. These individuals, like their counterparts across the country, are often acutely vulnerable. In the first two weeks following release, an individual coming home from state prison is 12 times more likely to die than an average person from the same state.
Transitions Clinic-New Haven is part of a national network of 13 primary care programs focused on improving the health of those returning from incarceration in 6 states and Puerto Rico.
In addition to the core care team, each patient has access to the services of a medical-legal partnership between Transitions Clinic and Yale Law School. Two law student volunteers work directly with the team at the clinic sites to address patients’ potentially health-harming legal needs, such as employment discrimination and access. Moreover, patients seen at Cornell Scott Hill Health Center have access to wrap-around primary care, dental services, and mental health treatment.
2004, the San Francisco Public Health Foundation has been pleased to be the
fiscal sponsor for the Transitions Clinic Network, both in California and
in New Haven. The successes of the Transitions Clinic-New Haven program are detailed
elsewhere in this profile, and we are especially proud of its good work. I
volunteer for the San Francisco Public Health Foundation to ensure that
programs like Transitions Clinic-New Haven can continue to make our communities fairer, happier,
and healthier. I am honored to be affiliated with them. - Robyn Frye
At the jump, Transitions Clinic-New Haven was the progeny of rigorous evaluation, backed by the success of previous transitional clinics in the Transitions Clinic Network (TCN). In a randomized controlled trial in San Francisco, participants receiving TCN care demonstrated a 50% reduction in emergency department visits over the first 12 months compared to participants receiving non-TCN care (Wang, 2012). In addition, certain health outcomes, especially HIV-related, were improved in specific Transitions Clinic sites (Fox, 2014). Furthermore, with the help of community health workers, 55% of new patients referred to clinic showed up for their first appointment, and 77% of patients remained in care at six months—rates significantly higher than those in the clinic’s general population (Wang, 2010).
its inception, the Transitions Clinic-New Haven team has served approximately 480
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