Dr. S. Randal Henry is a Research Scientist with the Veterans Administration of Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System where he serves as a Principal Investigator on a number of grants and as the Co-Implementation Research Coordinator for the VA’s Quality Enhancement Research initiative for HIV/AIDS-Hepatitis. After earning his MPH in Community Health Science, Dr. Henry served as an Epidemiology Analyst in the Injury and Violence Prevention and the Service Planning Areas Office respectively, with the L.A. County Department of Health Services. After leaving the health department, Dr. Henry served as a Senior Public Administration Analyst for UCLA at the Venice Family Clinic (a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center) where he directed the Community Access Project. Prior to receiving his DrPH and joining the VA, Dr. Henry served asa Senior Behavioral Research Manager/Principal Investigator for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Community Health Outcomes and Interventions Research (CHOIR) unit. He also directed the qualitative evaluation component of the Keck Diabetes Initiative. Dr. Henry is also an adjunct faculty member (part-time Lecturer) with the University of Southern California, School of Policy, Planning, and Development where he teaches two graduate level courses (Introduction to Health Policy and Urban Health Policy).
I propose to conduct a systematic review of the literature on juvenile jail and prison aftercare and reentry programs and services to identify program characteristics associated with positive medical, psychiatric and social outcomes for African American and Latino American adolescents.
Nearly 100,000 juvenile offenders are released annually fromcustody facilities following adjudication or conviction, arguablyall candidates for reentry programs.(Snyder 2004). The incarceration of young people is a growing national problem.Key correlates of incarceration among American youth includemental health problems, substance use, and delinquency (Vaugn 2008).
Jail and prison reentry and aftercare programs can reduce problems associated with community reentry and promote positive medical, psychiatric and social outcomes. Effective programs likely begin before a person leaves the jail/prison facility and involves the family and the community. People who are released from institutional confinement are more likely to achieve positive health and social outcomes if they have access to services that can help them thrive in a noninstitutional environment. In this project, we seek to identify characteristics of juvenile jail and prison reentry and aftercare programs and services associated with positive medical, psychiatric and social outcomes for young African American and Latino American males. Upon completion of this project, the investigator proposes to submit: 1) a final report to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections program officer detailing the review findings and his policy recommendations; 2) a manuscript reporting the most salient findings of the review to a peer-reviewed journal; 3) abstracts, to the American Psychological Association (APA), American Public Health Association (APHA), Society for Social Work and Research, for presentation at the annual research meetings.
My New Connections Experience
New Connections is energizing. I wanted to be an official part of the New Connections network, expand my research career and improve the quality and applicability of my research output. I have just begun my official new Connections involvement. I expect that the New Connections resources will help support continued career growth as a research scholar.
Homeless veterans, access to healthcare, health/mental health service utilization, co-location of medical, psychiatric, and social services, quality improvement and implementation science.
- New Connections Status: Junior Investigator
- Award Year: 2010
- RWJF Team/Portfolio: Vulnerable Populations
- Project Name: A Systematic Review of Jail and Prison Aftercare and Reentry Program Characteristics Associated with Positive Medical, Psychiatric, and Social Outcomes for previously incarcerated African Americans and Latino Americans.