NPHW: Keynote Speaker: Dr. Homer Venters, MD, MS

Dr. Homer Venters presents the profound health risks associated with incarceration--from neglect and sexual abuse to blocked access to care and exposure to brutality. Pairing prisoner experiences with cutting-edge research into prison risk, Dr. Venters reveals the disproportionate extent to which the health risks of jail are meted out to those with behavioral health problems and people of color. Dr. Venters also presents alternative strategies that can reduce health risks and makes the case for closing Rikers Island and undoing mass incarceration around the nation.

Homer Venters is a physician and epidemiologist and a nationally recognized leader in health and human rights. As the Senior Health and Justice Fellow for COCHS, Dr. Venters directs several initiatives regarding health and justice, including reducing traumatic brain injury among detainees and correctional staff and promoting access to evidence based addiction treatment for persons with justice involvement. Prior to joining COCHS, Dr. Venters served as the Director of Programs for Physicians for Human Rights and the Chief Medical Officer for the NYC Jail system. In addition to being the author of Life and Death in Rikers Island, Dr. Venters has led over 50 peer reviewed scientific publications on the topics of health and justice involvement, work that has been cited by the US Supreme Court and led to testimony before Congress. Dr. Venters received his MD from the University of Illinois, Masters of Public Health Research from NYU and completed his residency in Social Internal Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Venters is a Clinical Associate Professor at the NYU College of Global Public Health.


NPHW is a collaborative initiative of the School of Health Professions and Human Services and Division of Student Affairs

Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Location: Student Center Greenhouse, Sondra and David S Mack Student Center, North Campus


Please RSVP for this event: HPHS NPHW Signature programming RSVP


This event is part of National Public Health Week 2019

Full Schedule: National Public Health Week 2019

Tuesday, April 02, 2019



Student Center Greenhouse
Lower level, Student Center - Sondra and David S. Mack
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549


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