Returning to the community after incarceration is a process filled with many challenges –accessing transportation, obtaining a job, finding a place to live. For many formerly incarcerated individuals, this return is made more difficult by chronic health problems. Our model is to partner with local organizations working with individuals recently released from prison to identify a cohort of participants interested in receiving patient navigation services. We then match each of these participants with a medical school student trained to work with this patient population and to be a patient navigator. Medical school students and participants initially meet to establish goals and assess a participant’s health literacy. Subsequent meetings occur biweekly for 6 months and focus on achieving health goals and navigating the health system. Specifically, medical student navigators may assist by identifying healthcare insurance options, locating available clinics, making appointments, and providing social support and encouragement.
Our clinic provides medical students with a positive learning environment to build their knowledge of healthcare issues faced by individuals formerly incarcerated and techniques in motivational interviewing. The DOCS Miami Med Reentry Care Clinic is designed to further the mission of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine by empowering the next generation of physicians to address healthcare disparities and promote the health and well-being of all members of our community.
Advisors: Dr. Kathyrn Nowotny, Dr. Amar R. Deshpande
Executive Team: Tim Fleming (firstname.lastname@example.org), Julia Telishi (email@example.com)
Patient Navigators: Erin McHugh, Kayla Schwartz, Katelyn McClintock, Ana Carolina Sale, Alana Moore
If you or someone you know has a history of incarceration and is interested in receiving patient navigation services, please sign-up here:
If you have questions or want to learn more please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org