Nashua Street Jail
For several years, CCC-Chelsea has focused on post-incarceration as part of its social medicine mission. This year, we have been able to develop a collaboration with one of the Boston jails, the Nashua Street jail near MGH, where we will have a student-faculty collaborative jail-based clinic. The Nashua Street jail is a men’s facility where inmates stay for as short as several days up to two years. The majority of inmates are pre-trial detainees or are engaged in court processes. This clinic will focus on providing compassionate, evidence-based healthcare to inmates with a specific focus on the transition back to community healthcare. The transition from jail back to the community is a particularly dangerous time for the health of these individuals. We are in the process of developing this clinic and are seeking students who are interested in social medicine/social justice, understanding the structural determinants of poor health outcomes, and working with a heavily stigmatized and under-served population. To be a part of this clinic means being devoted to the patients not only the night you see them but working as a liaison for them to primary care upon their release (whether that be to a CCC-site or a community health clinic).
We hope to have the clinic running 2 nights a month in the fall as we pilot the clinic. We are seeking students interested in seeing patients as well as developing research projects (including, but not limited to, chronic diseases, infectious diseases like Hep C, smoking cessation, overdose/addiction treatment experiences and barriers to seeking community healthcare). We also are looking for an education team that will develop and teach a curriculum to inmates. Not all positions will have to be present every night given space requirements.
In the spring, we are adding a slot for students interested in mental health (ideally 2-3 students). These students will see patients with an MGH psychiatry resident while other students will see the same patient for chronic health issues in the chronic disease clinic. This model provides co-located mental and physical care for patients, optimizing communication between teams and teaching students about the necessity of an integrated approach.
Manjinder Kandola (firstname.lastname@example.org)