prisoner to patient
A common challenge for people being released from prison and jail is maintaining their health care. Whether a brief stay for a younger person in Orleans Parish Prison awaiting trial, or decades spent at Angola by a now-elderly individual, there was no formal pathway from prisoner to patient. Until now.
What began with a coffee meeting between Norris Henderson and William Vail, a 4th-year Tulane medical student, has now incorporated several clinical professors and fellow students--all who care strongly about closing this gaping hole in community health. The Formerly Incarcerated Transitions (FIT) Clinic took its first patients in March 2015, and continues to provide medical care to FIPs on an all-volunteer basis.
We call this project Prisoner to Patient (P2P). VOTE and our partners meet monthly at the P2P community forums and discuss the health care needs of people transitioning out of confinement.
Contact us if you would like to get involved with this clinic or to participate at the community forums.
Volunteer staff at the FIT Clinic, a partnership with Tulane University, provide medical care to formerly incarcerated people.