Peer mentorship programs vital for supporting women leaving prison

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International Research Roundtable grant recipient Ruth Martin was cited concerning the importance of access to healthcare upon release from prison. Martin was the senior author on a study concerning health mentorship programs for women released from prison.  The study examined the effectiveness of Unlocking the Gates, a University of British Columbia-based peer-mentorship program founded in 2012 that supports women in the first three days following prison release. 

Martin’s Research Roundtable was entitled Beyond Borders and Walls: Collaborating for Change in International Prison Health Research. The roundtable focused on collaborative solutions to systemic issues face by individuals with incarceration experience.