Equity in Health Care: Reaching California’s Re-Entry Population
Thank you for joning ITUP’s Executive Director, Crispin Delgado, for ITUP’s Fall LA Health Collaborative on Tuesday, October 24th from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.!
The criminal justice system disproportionately impacts persons of color, and incarcerated or previously incarcerated individuals of all ages and genders have a higher risk for injury, death, violence, behavioral health conditions, and suicide.
Overall justice-involved Californians have poorer health outcomes than the general population. The Justice-involved (JI) Initiative under CalAIM dedicates funding and support to re-imagine health care delivery for this vulnerable, hard-to-reach population. As part of the JI Initiative, California became the first state in the US to gain federal approval for targeting select Medicaid services to justice-involved individuals for up to 90 days before release. Starting in 2024, California will take steps toward improving the historically poor health outcomes for this population by ensuring access to Medi-Cal coverage and services up to 90 days pre-release and connecting individuals to care in their communities to create equitable and effective health care delivery.
ITUP hosted a conversation with health care and community-based leaders on the considerations needed to move the needle forward to create more equitable, accessible, and quality health care for Angelenos re-entering the community following incarceration.