Transitions Clinic Network Programs: Live Q&A Session
Transitions Clinic Network programs address the high rates of overdose mortality among individuals recently released from incarceration and other health risks and challenges these patients face. The challenges—such as access to health care, employment, trauma, and stigma—may be heightened in a small rural community where there are limited resources for behavioral health and other services.
We're holding a virtual live Q&A on this topic and registration is now open. If you would like to take part in a discussion with subject matter experts in this field, please join us on Tuesday, December 14th at 1 PM EDT.
The Transitions Clinic Network (TCN) provides comprehensive implementation assistance and ongoing support to primary care practices so they feel well-prepared to address the broad medical and social needs of individuals post-release.
A practice that implements a TCN program provides recently released patients with care for chronic health conditions including substance use disorder. It distributes naloxone and plays an important role in life-saving medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) treatment.
Through culturally informed and trauma-informed care, a TCN program also seeks to reduce the stigma patients face. TCN works with clinics to adapt the model to the particular needs of their community. A community health worker (CHW) is a key member of the clinic’s team. CHWs have a history of incarceration, connect with individuals before release, and coordinate their care. They help patients navigate services in the community and provide warm handoffs, having built relationships with area programs and services.
This practice will be shared through two video segments and live Q&A:
Live Q&A: December 14, 1:00 PM ET
Diane Morse, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine; Director of Women’s Initiative Supporting Health–Transitions Clinic (WISH-TC); University of Rochester Medical Center; UR Medicine Recovery Center of Excellence
Shira Shavit, M.D., Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine, University of California in San Francisco; Executive Director, Transitions Clinic Network
Evan Ashkin, M.D., Professor of Family Medicine, University of North Carolina School of Medicine; Founder of Formerly Incarcerated Transition (FIT) Program
Shira Shavit, MDDr. Shavit has been providing health care to patients and families impacted by incarceration for two decades. In addition to acting as Executive Director of Transitions Clinic Network (TCN), Dr. Shavit directs the Transitions Clinic Network program at Southeast Health Center in San Francisco's Bayview Hunter's Point neighborhood and TCN’s California statewide Healthcare Reentry Hub.
Diane S. Morse, MD
Dr. Morse is an internal medicine physician and researcher with special skills, training, and experience regarding women with co-morbid substance use disorders, under-treated medical conditions, trauma history, domestic violence, and criminal justice involvement. She also has extensive experience as an educator and researcher in medical communication.