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Mass Incarceration, Housing, and HIV/STI Risk: Focusing Attention on Women
Dr. Blankenship’s presentation will focus on the role mass incarceration plays on women’s HIV/sexually transmitted infection (STI) risks, as well as the access to and provision of housing for women affected by mass incarceration. Mass incarceration signifies a major structure through which racial, class, and gender inequalities are produced and maintained in contemporary U.S. society. As such, it represents an important social determinant of health, though more research is needed on the mechanisms through which it affects health. Furthermore, women have received limited attention in the research on mass incarceration and health. In this presentation, Dr. Blankenship will examine survey and qualitative interview data from an ongoing longitudinal, mixed-methods study of low-income residents in New Haven, Connecticut, half of whom had been released from prison or jail within a year of study enrollment, to describe the complex ways that women’s HIV/STI-related risks may be associated with mass incarceration. For her research, Dr. Blankenship and her team considered women as individuals with their own criminal justice histories and as the partners and family members of those who have been incarcerated and residents of neighborhoods deeply affected by mass incarceration. They focused on the gendered dimensions of both access to and provision of housing for these women’s HIV/STI-related risks.

Sep 12, 2019 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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