The Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights is a non-partisan organization whose mission is to advance health equity in the criminal justice system, with a focus on decriminalization, prison reentry, and statewide criminal justice planning. This year the Center will embark on a number of new initiatives all focused on raising the profile of health disparities as foundational drivers and outcomes of mass incarceration and criminalization. This work will include developing training curricula on health and justice, researching and producing policy briefs on local health and justice issues, and convening groups of community and government stakeholders to discuss new strategies for creating a healthier and more just Rhode Island. The Health and Justice VISTA will help us build these efforts from the ground up and expand our capacity to change the dialogue about justice in Rhode Island.
The Center’s ongoing health-related initiatives are focused on enhancing medical services for currently and formerly incarcerated patients. The Center maintains the Lifespan Transitions Clinic, an outpatient primary care clinic that provides healthcare and social services to patients recently released from incarceration, and also provides medical discharge planning services for the RI Department of Corrections. The Health and Justice VISTA will support the Transitions Clinic and medical discharge planning teams to continue increasing the capacity to successfully evaluate their work.
The Health and Justice VISTA’s core activities will include:
- Researching and writing educational policy briefs and info sheets about pressing criminal justice reform issues in Rhode Island and nationally.
- Further developing the Center’s communications and development strategies to increase the reach and sustainability of our work.
- Participating in community-driven campaigns and issue-based task forces/working groups to expand our capacity to be involved in relevant Rhode Island initiatives.
- Conducting follow-up surveys with patients at the Lifespan Transitions Clinic and assist with data tracking and analysis for quality improvement.
- Developing a program handbook for the clinic with detailed protocols and descriptions of regular partners and frequently used referral sites for staff reference and new staff training.
Please send your resume and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note: Americorps VISTA members are public service volunteers who receiving stipends of approximately $12,500 a year. VISTA members are eligible for government benefits during service, and an education or cash award after service. More information on the VISTA program is available here. VISTA positions are full-time for one year (with an option of continuing on for additional years of service). This position would be expected to begin in late summer or early fall 2020.