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Sesame Street Goes to Jail: Physicians Should FollowSesame Street Goes to Jail

Dora M. Dumont, PhD, MPH; Scott A. Allen, MD; and Josiah D. Rich, MD, MPH
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From the Rhode Island Department of Health and The Miriam Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island, and University of California, Riverside, School of Medicine, Riverside, California.

Grant Support: Dr. Rich was supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA K24 DA022112), and the Centers for AIDS Research, National Institutes of Health (P30AI042853).

Disclosures: Disclosures can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M14-0080.

Requests for Single Reprints: Dora M. Dumont, PhD, MPH, Rhode Island Department of Health, 3 Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02908; e-mail, dora.dumont@health.ri.gov.

Current Author Addresses: Dr. Dumont: Rhode Island Department of Health, 3 Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02908.

Dr. Allen: University of California, Riverside, School of Medicine, 900 University Avenue, Riverside, CA 92521.

Dr. Rich: The Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights, The Miriam Hospital, 164 Summit Avenue, Providence, RI 02906.

Author Contributions: Conception and design: D.M. Dumont, J.D. Rich.

Drafting of the article: D.M. Dumont.

Critical revision of the article for important intellectual content: S.A. Allen, J.D. Rich.

Final approval of the article: D.M. Dumont, S.A. Allen, J.D. Rich.

Ann Intern Med. 2014;161(7):522-523. doi:10.7326/M14-0080
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In 2013, Sesame Street launched a new character with an incarcerated father. This Muppet is another signal of the growing public awareness of the consequences of incarceration for the families of those imprisoned. This commentary evaluates the relationship between incarceration and health and calls for medical professionals to endorse evidence-based public policies, such as community-based health initiatives to diagnose and treat illnesses associated with the cycle of incarceration.

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