Introduction

The health of individuals with incarceration experience is impacted by systemic challenges: Incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals suffer vast health inequities compared with the general population, and Indigenous peoples and other racialized people are over-represented at all levels of the criminal justice system, regardless of country of origin. These systemic challenges relate to the intersection of race, class, gender and sexuality and are rooted in criminalization and institutional policies that arise from colonial structures. This is of particular significance in the Pan American countries (PAC) where incarceration affects large and growing numbers of people. The United States currently ranks as the world’s largest prison population and Brazil ranks as the world’s third largest prison population, the largest in South America.

Community-based participatory health research (PHR) is a research process that engages community members as partners in all aspects of the research process. This Peter Wall International Research Roundtable (PWIRR) will engage in interdisciplinary collaboration using PHR approaches to address these systemic challenges from the ‘ground up’, thus seeking unique advances in knowledge to improve the health of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals. The main objective of the proposed International Research Roundtable is to explore how participatory approaches address the systemic challenges that impact the lives of individuals with incarceration experience in the PAC.

Roundtable Organizers: Ruth Martin and Lara-Lisa Condello

Coordinator: Oonagh Fogarty (oonagh.fogarty 'at' ubc.ca)

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