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Engaged scholarship at the Brown University School of Public Health: designing education for better prisoner and community health

Alexandria Macmadu (Department of Epidemiology, Brown University School of Public Health, Providence, Rhode Island, USA)
Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein (Department of Social Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA and Center for Health Equity Research, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA)
Ian Gonsher (School of Engineering, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA and the Department of Computer Science, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA)
Jennifer G. Clarke (Rhode Island Department of Corrections, Cranston, Rhode Island, USA)
Bradley W. Brockmann (Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice, Brown University School of Public Health, Providence, Rhode Island, USA)

International Journal of Prisoner Health

ISSN: 1744-9200

Article publication date: 14 January 2021

Issue publication date: 17 November 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to describe the course, “Designing Education for Better Prisoner and Community Health,” which provided students with the knowledge, skills and resources needed to build real-world health education materials for persons who are criminal justice involved.

Design/methodology/approach

A multiphase engaged scholarship course was designed and implemented through the Brown University School of Public Health in Rhode Island, USA.

Findings

Students collaborated closely with instructors, subject matter experts and affected community members to develop highly tailored health education projects across six topic areas. The structure and outcomes of the paper are described with the hope that other instructors and institutions might replicate components of the model.

Originality/value

Engaged scholarship in public health can provide students with rich, collaborative learning experiences, and when executed effectively, these endeavors can provide underserved communities with robust and informed health education interventions and programs.

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Acknowledgements

The authors thank Allen Hance for his critical personal and professional support in the formative years of this endeavor. The authors also thank the students, stakeholders, experts and members of the community who made this work possible. The authors would like to acknowledge the generous financial support provided by the Brown University Swearer Center for Public Service.

Citation

Macmadu, A., Brinkley-Rubinstein, L., Gonsher, I., Clarke, J.G. and Brockmann, B.W. (2021), "Engaged scholarship at the Brown University School of Public Health: designing education for better prisoner and community health", International Journal of Prisoner Health, Vol. 17 No. 4, pp. 509-519. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPH-04-2020-0025

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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