Plenary Speaker: Dr. Shira Shavit
Shira Shavit, MD, is an Associate Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the University of California in San Francisco and the Executive Director of the Transitions Clinic Network. For over a decade, D
r. Shavit has been redefining national best practices for the care of incarcerated individuals and individuals transitioning home. In addition providing clinical care to returning prisoners, Dr. Shavit has provided technical assistance to over 25 jurisdictions nationally to improve health outcomes and cut health care costs for the returning population. She is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Transitions Clinic Network, a national network of community clinics which specialize in providing care to chronically-ill returning prisoners. The Transitions Clinic Network also trains people with a history of incarceration to be community health workers, creating opportunities for former prisoners to leverage their incarceration experience toward a career in the clinic setting. The Transitions Clinic Network received the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovations Award in 2012 to expand the program nationally, and it has since been implemented in 15 community clinics in 7 states and Puerto Rico. Dr. Shavit locally directs the Transitions Clinic program at Southeast Health Center in San Francisco's Bayview Hunter's Point neighborhood and the Medical Discharge Planning clinic at San Quentin State Prison. She worked as a consultant to reform healthcare systems in the California State prisons in collaboration with the Federal Receivership (2006-2011). She is a recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leader Award (2010). Dr. Shavit received her BA from Washington University in St. Louis, completed her MD at Rush University in Chicago and did residency training at the University of California, San Francisco.