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Addressing Legal Obstacles to Hiring Formerly Incarcerated Individuals as Community Health Workers 


February 15, 2024 | 1 – 2:30 p.m. ET

People who are incarcerated have higher rates of chronic health conditions; these conditions tend to worsen upon their release, primarily due to barriers to accessing health care. Despite evidence that Community Health Workers (CHWs) with lived experience of incarceration can help to improve outcomes for individuals reentering their communities, significant barriers impede hiring them to provide direct client care. Attend this webinar to learn about the legal barriers to hiring CHWs with incarceration histories and opportunities for policy change. 

By attending this webinar, you will: 

  • Understand legal barriers to hiring health care workers with conviction records 
  • Learn about the Transitions Clinic Network model which promotes hiring CHWs with incarceration histories to serve returning community members in primary care settings 
  • Hear about a direct experience illustrating the impact of state laws that present barriers to employment  


  • Susan Fleurant, J.D., M.P.H., Staff Attorney, Network for Public Health Law – Mid-States Region 
  • Moncies Franco, Project Coordinator & Community Engagement Specialist, Health, Homelessness, & Criminal Justice Lab, Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute 
  • James Mackey, M.S.W., D.H.S.c, National Program Manager, Transitions Clinic Network 
  • Shira Shavit, M.D., Executive Director, Transitions Clinic Network 


  • Colleen Healy Boufides, J.D., Co-Director, Network for Public Health Law – Mid-States Region