PROJECT MANAGEMENT PLAN – Enhancing Services for Recently Incarcerated People and Their Families
Vision StatementWe will facilitate the equitable health of people who have been incarcerated and their families. We will identify unmet needs and community resources, develop and implement an educational module, and assess its effects.
Team ObjectivesWe created an educational session about the health impacts of incarceration and its sequelae for residents, faculty, and staff. Resources included regional and national experts. The second phase included a follow-up discussion with residents focused on communication skills, changes in behavior following the educational session, and best practices. The project resulted in education for residents and clinical teams and helped them communicate with patients and families, identify best practices, and better serve this vulnerable population.
Success FactorsThe most successful parts of our work were having engaging discussions about the needs of this vulnerable population and establishing best practices to have the conversation about incarceration and increase awareness. We were inspired by the residents’ initiation of this topic based on their experiences and by the work done by the team at Yale Transitions Clinic.
BarriersThe largest barrier encountered was resident time constraints along with the realities of resident developmental interests. We worked to overcome this challenge by modifying the project plan.
Lessons LearnedThe single most important piece of advice to provide another team embarking on a similar initiative is to ensure that considerable and consistent time is built into the residents’ schedules for them to continue working on the project throughout the 18 months.