Publication: Integrated Health Care and Criminal Justice Data — Viewing the Intersection of Public Safety, Public Health, and Public Policy Through a New Lens: Lessons from Camden, New Jersey

Graphic showing overlap between hospital claims & police arrest data
Date
April 16, 2018
Camden Coalition staff and Community Advisory Committee members participate at the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey’s Annual Legislative Day at New Jersey State House
July 18, 2019
Camden Coalition joins the call to fully fund the Affordable Housing Trust Fund
To help secure FY2020 funding for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, CAC members took part in HCDNNJ's Annual Legislative Day at the NJ State House.
Whitney Buchmann
July 16, 2019
From siloed systems to ecosystem: The evolution of the Camden Coalition’s complex care model
In this four-part series, we describe the phases of our care model as we addressed challenges and tested new solutions.
Kathleen Noonan and Kelly Craig
July 15, 2019
Graduates of Interfaith Homeless Outreach Council program reflect on their fresh start
Now in its 28th year, the Interfaith Homeless Outreach Council — or IHOC — has transformed countless lives.
Bill Nice
Camden Coalition care team member helps patient fill medication box.
July 11, 2019
Bringing it home: The shift in where healthcare is delivered
In this blog post for JAMA Forum, Lauran Hardin and Diana Mason write about two new opportunities to incentivize innovative complex care models.
Lauran Hardin and Diana Mason
Patient gives Camden Coalition care team member a hug during a home visit
July 3, 2019
New Jersey FY 2020 budget renews support for Camden Coalition’s Housing First program and officially recognizes organization as Regional Health Hub
New Jersey leaders have taken an important step toward better health outcomes across the state.
Kathleen Noonan
Kathleen Noonan speaking to graduates in caps and gowns
June 11, 2019
Bridging the public health-healthcare divide for better outcomes
The public health field has an opportunity right now to influence the traditional healthcare model in ways it has not in a very long time.
Kathleen Noonan

By Amy Yuen

In a report released by the Executive Session on Community Corrections and co-authored by the Camden Coalition’s Dawn Wiest and Aaron Truchil, researchers found that a small number of Camden residents disproportionately use the healthcare and criminal justice sectors, neither of which is designed to address the underlying problems they face: housing instability, inconsistent or insufficient income, trauma, inadequate nutrition, lack of supportive social networks, mental illness, and substance abuse disorders. These unaddressed social determinants of behavior appear to drive a cycle of repeated arrests and hospitalizations.

The report links healthcare and criminal justice data, and most importantly, showcases the potential of sharing data across sectors to improve individual outcomes; reduced crime; lower rates of hospitalization, emergency room visits, and incarceration; and increased efficiency by directing resources to where they will have the most impact. The report draws from Camden ARISE, an integrated data project to examine overlapping utilization of healthcare and criminal justice systems. The paper was co-authored by Anne Milgram of New York University Law School, Coalition founder Dr. Jeffrey Brenner, and Virginia Bersch of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. The Executive Session on Community Corrections is a project of the National Institute of Justice, the United States Department of Justice, the Malcolm Wiener Center, and the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at Harvard Kennedy School.

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