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Prison Health in the Time of COVID: Building a More Resilient Ecosystem for the Protection of Residents and Staff

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Speakers: Stefano Bertozzi, MD, PhD and Brie Williams, MD, MS

Drs. Bertozzi and Williams will describe how COVID19 has affected people in US prisons, share some of the lessons learned from studying prison outbreaks over the past six months, and introduce new opportunities for scholarship in this area.

Dr. Williams, Professor of Medicine at UCSF, is the Founding Director of the UC Criminal Justice & Health Consortium, a UC-wide community of over 120 faculty and graduate students spanning more than 20 academic departments which brings evidence-based healthcare solutions to criminal justice reform. She directs the Criminal Justice Aging Project, which develops and delivers geriatrics and palliative care training to criminal justice professionals including police, correctional officers, judges, attorneys, and healthcare providers. Dr. Williams also runs the European-U.S. Criminal Justice Innovation Program, an immersion program that introduces U.S. prison and government officials to health-oriented criminal justice systems throughout Europe.

Dr. Williams has served as a consultant for jails, prisons and legal organizations nationwide, including the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the National ACLU. She has served as an expert witness in several lawsuits related to the physical health effects of solitary confinement.

Dr. Bertozzi is dean emeritus and professor of health policy and management at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Previously, he directed the HIV and tuberculosis programs at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Bertozzi worked at the Mexican National Institute of Public Health as director of its Center for Evaluation Research and Surveys. He was the last director of the WHO Global Programme on AIDS and has also held positions with UNAIDS, the World Bank and the government of the DRC.

He is currently the interim director of the UC systemwide programs with Mexico (UC-MEXUS, the UC-Mexico Initiative and Casa de California). He recently co-edited the Disease Control Priorities (DCP3) volume on HIV/AIDS, Malaria & Tuberculosis. He has served on governance and advisory boards for the East Bay Community Foundation, HopeLab, UNICEF, WHO, UNAIDS, the Global Fund, PEPFAR, the NIH, Duke University, the University of Washington and the AMA. He has advised NGOs, and ministries of health and social welfare in Asia, Africa and Latin America. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.