Irish Penal Reform Trust

DIT Lecture: Addressing the Ageing Crisis in Criminal Justice Healthcare

8th June 2015

Public Lecture

Addressing the Ageing Crisis in Criminal Justice Healthcare: Using medical evidence to motivate policy change

11am-12pm Monday 8th June

Dublin Institute of Technology

Room 5034, DIT Aungier Street (5th floor)

 Speaker: Dr. Brie Williams, University of California, San Francisco

 Brie Williams, MD, MS, is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where she conducts policy driven research to improve the health of medically vulnerable older adults. She also serves as Medical Director of the Geriatrics Clinic at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. As a Clinician-Researcher, Dr. Williams works with collaborators from the criminal justice, public safety and legal fields to apply geriatrics and palliative care paradigms to transform the care of criminal justice-involved older adults. Dr. Williams has published work calling for more evidence based and effective use of compassionate release policies, broader inclusion of prisoners in national health datasets, better funding for criminal justice healthcare research, and improved systems for defining, recognizing and responding to functional impairment, cognitive impairment, and multimorbidity in incarcerated older adults. She uses the results of her research to help system leaders, policy and law makers shape correctional healthcare policies.

In 2013, Dr. Williams established the Community Aging Health Project at UCSF which delivers targeted geriatrics trainings to professionals throughout the criminal justice system including police, judges, attorneys, case managers, correctional healthcare providers, and others. In early 2015, Dr. Williams was awarded the University of California’s President’s Research Catalyst Award to establish The UC Criminal Justice & Health Consortium which brings together faculty from across California to address health-related policy questions throughout the criminal justice system.

Dr. Williams has served as a correctional healthcare expert for jails, prisons and legal organizations. She was the geriatrics and palliative care representative in the Workshop on Incarceration and Health sponsored by the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Williams’ research has been supported by Tideswell at UCSF, the John A. Hartford Foundation, the National Institute on Aging, the Jacob & Valeria Langeloth Foundation, and the National Palliative Care Research Center.

Attendance is free, but registration is essential:

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