Director, Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights
Attending Physician, The Miriam Hospital
Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Brown University
Josiah D. Rich, M.D., M.P.H.: is Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Brown University, and a practicing Infectious Disease and Addiction Specialist, providing care to patients at The Miriam Hospital and at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections, since 1994.
He has published over 200 peer-reviewed publications, predominantly in the overlap between Infectious Diseases, Addictions and incarceration. He is the Director and Co-Founder of, “The Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights” at The Miriam Hospital (www.prisonerhealth.org) and Co-Founder of the nationwide, "Centers for AIDS Research" (CFAR) Collaboration on HIV in Corrections (CFAR/CHIC) initiative.
Dr. Rich has advocated for public health policy changes to improve the health of people with addiction, including improving legal access to sterile syringes and increasing drug treatment for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated populations.
He is the Principal Investigator of the recently awarded, "COBRE on Opioids and Overdose" and has had continuous NIH Research funding for over two decades. His primary areas of interest and expertise are in the overlap between Infectious Diseases and illicit substance use, the treatment and prevention of HIV Infection, and the care and prevention of disease in addicted and incarcerated individuals.
In 2018, Dr. Rich was elected into the "National Academy of Medicine". He more recently, has focused on addressing the Opioid Overdose Epidemic and has testified in Congress, multiple times. Since inception in 2015, he has served, as an Expert Advisor, to Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo’s "Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force ".
Thursday, April 25
8:15 AM – 9:30 AM