Improving Collection of Indicators of Criminal Justice System Involvement in Population Health Data Programs: A Workshop
March 29-30, 2016
An ad hoc steering committee held a two-day public workshop on adding measures of prior and current criminal justice system involvement to household-based health surveys of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), such as the National Health Interview Survey, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, and others. Justice-involved populations have gradually gained recognition as vulnerable to poor health outcomes, including high rates of infectious diseases and behavioral health conditions. Discussions at the workshop will inform future DHHS selection of measures of involvement with the criminal justice system for potential inclusion in population surveys of health. Workshop topics include the following:
• How do scholars define and measure kinds of criminal justice involvement and their effects on health at the national level, as well as state and local levels?
• If existing measures of criminal justice involvement are available, how well do they work and in what settings or for what types of data collections on population health?
• If measures are not available, what new measures could potentially be developed for inclusion in population health surveys?
• To develop new measures for population-level data collections on how criminal justice involvement affects health, which constructs in each domain need to be measured?
• Do substantial knowledge gaps exist? If so, what are they? Do data exist to support research to fill any remaining substantial knowledge gaps? If not, could such data be generated?
A summary of the presentations and discussions at the workshop will be prepared by a designated rapporteur in accordance with institutional guidelines.
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health
Read more about the report here.
Incarceration and Health: Current State of the Knowledge
Michael Massoglia, University of Wisconsin
What Do We Want to Measure When We Measure Criminal Justice Contact? Some Thoughts
Chris Wildeman, Cornell University (committee member)
Criminal Justice Involvement and Its Impacts on the Individual, the Family, and the Community
John Hagan, Northwestern University; Holly Foster, Texas A&M University
Health Effects as Consequences
Christopher Uggen, University of Minnesota
Criminal Justice Involvement and Health: Principles for Data Collections and Domains to Consider
Ingrid Binswanger, University of Colorado Medical School
Asking Sensitive Questions in Surveys
Ting Yan, Westat
Designing Questions on Criminal Justice Involvement for Health Surveys
David Cantor, Westat
Measuring Incarceration in the Fragile Families Study
Amanda Geller, New York University
Collecting Indicators of Criminal Justice Involvement on Existing Health Surveys:
Five Core Health Surveys as Potential Vehicles
National Health Interview Survey
Marcie Cynamon, CDC National Center for Health Statistics
The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
Wayne Giles, CDC Division of Population Health
National Survey on Drug Use and Health
Arthur Hughes, SAMHSA
National Survey of Family Growth Overview
Anjani Chandra, CDC National Center for Health Statistics
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)
Kathryn Porter, CDC National Center for Health Statistics
Introduction through Massoglia Presentation
Wildeman and Manning Presentations
Hagan/Foster and Uggen Presentations
Afternoon Facilitated Session
Morning Session with Survey Representatives
Alternative Approaches Session
Yan Presentation through Wrap Up
Wendy Manning, Bowling Green State University (Chair)
Candace Kruttschnitt, University of Toronto
John H. Laub, University of Maryland
Ruth D. Peterson, Ohio State University
Josiah D. Rich, Brown University
Michael F. Schober, The New School for Social Research
Emily Wang, Yale University
Christopher Wildeman, Cornell University
Jordyn White, Program Officer
Carol House, Senior Program Officer
Esha Sinha, Associate Program Officer
Agnes Gaskin, Administrative Assistant