Dr. Stephanie Prost Awarded the ARCH Network Scholars Award

picture of Kent faculty member Dr. Stephanie Grace Prost

Dr. Stephanie Grace Prost received funding from the ARCH (Aging Research in Criminal Justice & Health) Network, a Behavioral and Social Research Network under the NIH National Institute on Aging. Funding through the ARCH Network at the University of California, San Francisco supports a nationwide, multi-disciplinary community of emerging and established researchers, aimed at catalyzing research and interventions designed to improve health and social outcomes in the growing population of criminal justice-involved older adults.

The number of criminal justice-involved older adults has risen dramatically in recent decades, resulting in a largely overlooked population of older adults with high rates of health disparities and profound, often co-occurring social and medical vulnerabilities. Yet health research has failed to keep pace with this demographic change, particularly in areas of knowledge that are critical to developing interventions to meet this population’s unique needs, including geriatric health, life course experiences, and the social determinants of health.

Two proposals were funded. The first, “The Relationship between Visitation and Health in Older Adults who are Incarcerated” leverages existing data from the Older Adults in Kentucky State Prisons (OAK) Study (Principal Investigator Dr. Prost) to examine the relationship between visitation from family and friends on physical and mental health outcomes of older adults who are incarcerated. The second,  “Correctional Health Services for Older Adults: Older Adult and Caregiver Perspectives” represents a partnership with Dr. Meghan Novisky, Assistant Professor, Cleveland State University. Dr. Novisky is spearheading the in-depth exploration of correctional health care service receipt and provision using focus group methods with older adults and their peer caregivers.The award period for both proposals is June 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021.