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). Read More


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. Read More


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. Read More


The SPECS study is a 5-year, longitudinal cohort study with sites at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The University of Miami, and The University of Kentucky. The overall aim of the project is to assess the acceptability, utilization, and barriers/facilitators of preventative healthcare treatment for individuals with recent criminal justice experience. Read More


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). The long-term goal of the study is to reduce morbidity and mortality from OUD among justice-involved individuals. The overall objective is to assess whether the Transitions Clinic Network (TCN), which provides enhanced primary care for people released from incarceration in 30 community health centers in the United States, improves the opioid cascade. Read More

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