|Dr. Robin Miller—Professor Ecological-Community Psychology, Michigan State University
Health Care Use and Outcomes Among Ex-Offenders Living with HIV: Evaluating Michigan’s Community Re-entry Program for Prisoners Living with HIV
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Leaving prison often results in loss of care and poor health among ex-offenders living with HIV. To improve linkage to care, many states have discharge planning programs, few of which have been evaluated. Using a mixed-method approach, we examined linkage to and maintenance in care 3-5 years after release among 190 ex-offenders who had used Michigan’s statewide community re-entry program. A majority of ex-offenders had followed through on their discharge plans; however, long-term maintenance in care was low and poor health common 36 months post-release. Mortality was 17%. In addition to presenting findings, challenges conducting the evaluation will be highlighted.