Rebecca Shlafer, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
It is now estimated that more than 2.7 million children have a parent currently behind bars, and more than 5 million children have experienced a parent’s incarceration in their lifetime. Many of the factors that increase a parent’s risk for involvement in the criminal justice system are the very same factors that increase risk for involvement in the child welfare system. When parents are incarcerated or families are involved in child protection, there are collateral consequences for children, families, communities and society. Children of incarcerated parents and those who have been victims of abuse and/or neglect are at risk for a number of adverse outcomes, including behavior problems, academic difficulties, substance abuse, and criminal activity. This course will use an interdisciplinary perspective to explore the complex intersection between parental incarceration and child welfare, focusing on the ways these systems intersect and the impacts on children and families. This class will include opportunities to learn from local and national experts from practice and policy settings. Topics will include parent-child contact during incarceration, intersections between incarceration and child welfare, and systemic disparities by race and class.
This non-credit course meets with the academic course PubH 7200-105 as part of the 2019 Public Health Institute.
For more information: sph.umn.edu/public-health-institute
By the end of the course the student will be able to:
- Use Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) as a framework for understanding how parental incarceration and child abuse/neglect impact health and development across the lifecourse.
- Describe mass incarceration as a major public health problem in the United States, and articulate historical changes and current challenges.
- Recognize key terminology and basic processes used in the criminal justice and child welfare systems in the United States.
- Discuss the complex intersections between the criminal justice and child welfare systems in the United States.
Registration & Cancellation
The registration fee for this course is $595. You will receive an email letter outlining program logistics two weeks prior to the start of the course.
Requests for refunds will be honored in full if a written cancellation request is received prior to the course start date. An administration fee of $50 will be charged to all refund requests received after the first day of class. The Centers for Public Health Education and Outreach (CPHEO) reserves the right to cancel any course. In the event of a course cancellation, registrants will receive a full refund of the program registration fee. CPHEO is not responsible for refund of travel or other costs incurred by registrants.
The Centers for Public Health Education and Outreach will provide a certificate of attendance verifying 1.5 CEUs (15 contact hours) offered for this program. This course is eligible for 15 CPH recertification credits.
All courses are approved for CPH Recertification Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.
Contact & Questions
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