ATLANTA, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Community Voices: Healthcare
for the Underserved and the National Center for Primary Care at the
Morehouse School of Medicine recently released, Where Are the Men? The
Impact of Incarceration and Reentry on African-American Men and Their
Children and Families.
By the end of June 2005, over 2.1 million people were incarcerated in
jails and prisons in the United States. Of those 548,300 were African-
American males between the ages 20 to 39. The incarceration rates for all
African-American males were five to seven times greater than those for
white males. This mass incarceration has had a tremendous impact on the
African- American community.
The findings of Where are the Men? illustrate not only what attributed
to this high incarceration rate amongst African-American men but also the
affects that the absence of incarcerated African-American men have on their
communities, families, politics and healthcare even upon reentry.
Findings from Where Are the Men? also point out that with the increased
incarceration of drug offenders also came prison overcrowding and inmates
with chronic and infectious diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis, and
hepatitis- overwhelming the prison health care system. Mental illnesses
such as schizophrenia, anxiety disorder, post traumatic stress, depression
and dysthymia also plagued inmates.
Once released, individuals will return to their overburdened and
underserved communities, children, and families in poor health and with
limited or no access to healthcare resources ultimately exacerbating the
impact of health disparities already evident in the community.
Community Voices: Healthcare for the Undersevered is working to make
health care available to all. With eight sites across the country and
managed by the National Center for Primary Care at the Morehouse School of
Medicine, Community Voices is helping to ensure the survival of safety-net
providers and strengthen community support services.
"We are at a point in the nation where we need to think about things
differently," said Dr. Henrie Treadwell, director of Community voices and
Associate Director of Development for the National Center for Primary Care
at Morehouse School of Medicine. "Lack of resources to address behavioral
and other health issues are part of the community context that gives rise
to petty crime, addiction and violence."
SOURCE Morehouse School of Medicine