COVID Prison Project
The COVID Prison Project (CPP) grew out of the critical health crisis occurring in incarcerated settings during the COVID pandemic in early 2020. Incarcerated populations face especially high risk for transmission of infectious diseases due to close living conditions that make social distancing impossible, as well as limited access to soap, hand sanitizer, and personal protective equipment (PPE).
This study is a JCOIN funded initiative with research partners at UNC-CH, Brown University, Temple University, and The University of Rhode Island. The main objective of this research is to work closely with correctional staff and community-based opioid treatment providers to better identify needs of justice-involved persons with OUD and facilitate treatment engagement upon release.
RADx (Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics for Underserved Populations) is a short-term funding mechanism that is designed to capitalize on the existing infrastructure and networks of funded projects to quickly engage historically at-risk and under-served populations in significant COVID-19 testing efforts. This funded RADx is a competitive revision of the JCOIN TCN PATHS, with interdisciplinary researchers from UNC, Yale, Brown, The University of Miami, Stanford, and the Puerto Rico Science, Technology, and Research Institute.
TCN PATHS is a Justice Community Opioid Innovations Network (JCOIN) study in collaboration with UNC-CH, Yale, The University of Puerto Rico, The Hennepin Research Institute, University of Rochester, University of Connecticut, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and the University of Miami, aims to improve health outcomes for justice involved persons with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD).