CHWs and the Transitions Clinic

CHWs and the Transitions Clinic

PDF of CHWs and the Transitions Clinic from the December 11, 2014 Conference
The Business Case for Community Health Workers: Employers & the Affordable Care Act”
Presented by: Dr. Emily Wang and Jerry Smat

Dr. Emily Wang, MD, MAS

Dr. Emily Wang, MD, MAS, is an Assistant Professor at the Yale School of Medicine and Co-Founder of the Transitions Clinic Network. Dr. Wang’s research focuses on promoting health equity for vulnerable populations, especially individuals with a history of incarceration, through both prison and community based interventions. She has developed expertise in training former prisoners to become community health workers and researchers through community based participatory research methods. She is the Co-Founder of the Transitions Clinic Network, a consortium of 13 community health centers nationwide dedicated to caring for recently released prisoners and defining best practices for the health care of individuals leaving prison. The Transitions Clinic Network was awarded the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation Award to provide care to over 2,000 high-risk, high-cost patients returning from prison and to train and employ former prisoners as community health workers.

Jerry Smart

Jerry Smart is a Community Health Worker with the Transitions Clinic in New Haven, CT, where he coordinates medical care and social service support for patients recently released from prison. The clinic is part of a national network (the Transitions Clinic Network) dedicated to caring for formerly incarcerated individuals. Jerry has a longstanding commitment to the New Haven community and since 2012 has been a Steering Committee member for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinic Scholars Program. He was also a member of the Community Leadership Program from 2013-2014. Prior to his work with Transitions Clinic, Jerry was a reentry coordinator with Project More and the Building Bridges Program, and he also acted as a client coordinator for Youth Continuum Incorporated Hosts.

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