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Current Research


The Third City Project

PI: Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein

The Third City Project promotes the well-being of people and communities impacted by the criminal legal system by shining a light on health data behind the walls.


COVID Prison Project

PI: Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein

The COVID Prison Project  grew out of the critical health crisis occurring in incarcerated settings during the COVID pandemic in early 2020. 

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MPI: Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein

Project Coordinator: Margaret Bordeaux

The main objective of this research is to work closely with correctional staff and community-based opioid treatment providers to better identify needs of justice-involved persons with OUD and facilitate treatment engagement upon release.




MPI: Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein

Project Director: Madelene Travis

RADx (Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics for Underserved Populations) is a short-term funding mechanism that is designed to capitalize on the existing infrastructure and networks of funded projects to quickly engage historically at-risk and under-served populations in significant COVID-19 testing efforts.

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PI: Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein

The SPECS study is a 5-year, longitudinal cohort study with sites at Duke University, The University of Miami, and The University of Kentucky. The overall aim of the project is to assess the acceptability, utilization, and barriers/facilitators of preventative healthcare treatment for individuals with recent criminal justice experience.

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Co-I: Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein

The long-term goal of the study is to reduce morbidity and mortality from OUD among justice-involved individuals. The overall objective is to assess whether the Transitions Clinic Network (TCN), which provides enhanced primary care for people released from incarceration in 30 community health centers in the United States, improves the opioid cascade.

Project Coordinator: Madelene Travis

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