Cyrus Ahalt, MPP

TitleCo-Director UC Criminal Justic
SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
Address3333 California Street
San Francisco CA 94118
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    Georgetown UniversityMPP2010McCourt School of Public Policy
    Dartmouth CollegeBA2003
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    National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)2012 - 2013Fellowship in Correctional Health
    The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding2004 - 2005Lombard Public Service Fellowship

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    Cyrus Ahalt is a researcher and policy analyst in the UCSF Department of Medicine, a Founder and Co-Director of the University of California Criminal Justice & Health Consortium, and Project Lead for the US-European Criminal Justice Innovation Program.

    Research and Policy Analysis
    Mr. Ahalt conducts policy-oriented research on the profound individual and public health consequences of the U.S. criminal justice system. He has worked with the Department of Public Health in San Francisco to design and implement a jail-based geriatrics policy for the growing population of older jail inmates and with multiple Departments of Corrections to develop the policies and resources needed to enable medically eligible prisoners to access existing Compassionate Release laws. Mr. Ahalt has published calls for improved data describing correctional healthcare quality and cost; assessed national health data sets for their inclusion of criminal justice-involved populations; and conducted a portfolio review of recent NIH funding to highlight the dearth of research and clinical innovation on behalf of prisoners despite a broader national focus on health disparities.

    He has contributed research and writing for expert testimony commissioned by the National ACLU, the US Federal Sentencing Commission, and others in addition to co-authoring textbook chapters for the World Health Organization's Health In Prisons guide and the Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. His previous work in program evaluation includes the assessment of interventions to improve public health and eliminate domestic violence in post-conflict sub-Saharan Africa.

    Program Leadership
    Mr. Ahalt co-directs the UC Criminal Justice & Health Consortium, a community of over 150 faculty and graduate students spanning all 10 University of California campuses and more than 20 academic departments to develop evidence-based public health solutions for criminal justice reform. The Consortium has contributed to legislative efforts on behalf of hundreds of thousands of Californians directly affected by the criminal justice system and serves as a research and policy resource to individual and community-based organizations engaged in criminal justice reform.

    He is also Project Lead for the US-European Criminal Justice Innovation Program, an immersion program for U.S. criminal justice leaders and policy makers that introduces them to innovative criminal justice policies and systems in Europe and provides targeted planning and evaluation support to achieve transformative change in their home jurisdictions. The program is funded by the Prison Law Office and has resulted in significant criminal justice reform in four states to date.

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    1. Psick Z, Simon J, Brown R, Ahalt C. Older and incarcerated: policy implications of aging prison populations. Int J Prison Health. 2017 Mar 13; 13(1):57-63. PMID: 28299972.
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    2. Ahalt C, Haney C, Rios S, Fox MP, Farabee D, Williams B. Reducing the use and impact of solitary confinement in corrections. Int J Prison Health. 2017 Mar 13; 13(1):41-48. PMID: 28299967.
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    3. Ahalt C, Williams B. Guest editorial. Int J Prison Health. 2017 Mar 13; 13(1):1-2. PMID: 28299965.
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    4. Williams B, Rothman A, Ahalt C . For Seriously Ill Prisoners, Consider Evidence-Based Compassionate Release Policies. Health Affairs Blog. 2017.
    5. Bolano M, Ahalt C, Ritchie C, Stijacic-Cenzer I, Williams B, et al. Detained and Distressed: Persistent Distressing Symptoms in a Population of Older Jail Inmates. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Aug 18. PMID: 27534904.
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    6. Flatt JD, Williams BA, Barnes D, Goldenson J, Ahalt C, et al. Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and associated health and social vulnerabilities in older jail inmates. Aging Ment Health. 2016 Jul 1; 1-7. PMID: 27367335.
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    7. Semere W, Yun K, Ahalt C, Williams B, Wang EA. Challenges in Identifying Refugees in National Health Data Sets. Am J Public Health. 2016 Jul; 106(7):1231-2. PMID: 27196649.
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    8. Ahalt C, Williams B. Reforming Solitary-Confinement Policy--Heeding a Presidential Call to Action. N Engl J Med. 2016 May 5; 374(18):1704-6. PMID: 27144846.
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    9. Ahalt C, Wang EA, Williams B. State of Research Funding From the National Institutes of Health for Criminal Justice Health Research. Ann Intern Med. 2015 Aug 4; 163(3):240-1. PMID: 26237756.
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    10. Ahalt C, Bolano M, Wang EA, Williams B. The state of research funding from the National Institutes of Health for criminal justice health research. Ann Intern Med. 2015 Mar 3; 162(5):345-52. PMID: 25732276.
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    11. Ahalt, C. Williams B. How can criminal justice systems from police to probation address the medical and social care needs of elderly prisoners? Invited Blog Post for Penal Reform International. Retrieved from http://www.penalreform.org/. 2015.
    12. Williams BA, Ahalt C, Stijacic-Cenzer I, Smith AK, Goldenson J, Ritchie CS. Pain behind bars: the epidemiology of pain in older jail inmates in a county jail. J Palliat Med. 2014 Dec; 17(12):1336-43. PMID: 25265035; PMCID: PMC4268586 [Available on 12/01/15].
    13. Brown RT, Ahalt C, Steinman MA, Kruger K, Williams BA. Police on the front line of community geriatric health care: challenges and opportunities. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 Nov; 62(11):2191-8. PMID: 25378267; PMCID: PMC4349487.
    14. Chodos AH, Ahalt C, Cenzer IS, Myers J, Goldenson J, Williams BA. Older jail inmates and community acute care use. Am J Public Health. 2014 Sep; 104(9):1728-33. PMID: 25033146; PMCID: PMC4151907.
    15. Soones T, Ahalt C, Garrigues S, Faigman D, Williams BA. "My older clients fall through every crack in the system": geriatrics knowledge of legal professionals. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 Apr; 62(4):734-9. PMID: 24611718; PMCID: PMC3989368.
    16. Williams B, Ahalt C, Aronson L. Chapter in Bruinsma G and Weisburd D, The Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Aging Correctional Populations. Springer. NY. 48-59. 2014.
    17. Williams BA, Ahalt C, Greifinger RB. Chapter in: Moller L, Stover H, Jurgens R, et al. Health in Prisons: A WHO guide to the essentials in prison health. The Older Prisoner and Complex Medical Care. The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe, Prisons and Health, World Health Organization. pp.165-169. 2014.
    18. Williams BA, Chang AC, Ahalt C, Chen H, Conant RC, Landefeld CS, Ritchie CS, Yukawa M (Co-Editors). Current Geriatric Diagnosis & Treatment. McGraw Hill, NY. 2014.
    19. Ahalt C, Trestman RL, Rich JD, Greifinger RB, Williams BA. Paying the price: the pressing need for quality, cost, and outcomes data to improve correctional health care for older prisoners. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2013 Nov; 61(11):2013-9. PMID: 24219203; PMCID: PMC3984258.
    20. Williams BA, Goodwin JS, Baillargeon J, Ahalt C, Walter LC. Addressing the aging crisis in U.S. criminal justice health care. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2012 Jun; 60(6):1150-6. PMID: 22642489; PMCID: PMC3374923.
    21. King J, Yourman L, Ahalt C, Eng C, Knight SJ, Pérez-Stable EJ, Smith AK. Quality of life in late-life disability: "I don't feel bitter because I am in a wheelchair". J Am Geriatr Soc. 2012 Mar; 60(3):569-76. PMID: 22288767; PMCID: PMC3619719.
    22. Sun VK, Stijacic Cenzer I, Kao H, Ahalt C, Williams BA. How safe is your neighborhood? Perceived neighborhood safety and functional decline in older adults. J Gen Intern Med. 2012 May; 27(5):541-7. PMID: 22160889; PMCID: PMC3326109.
    23. Ahalt C, Walter LC, Yourman L, Eng C, Pérez-Stable EJ, Smith AK. "Knowing is better": preferences of diverse older adults for discussing prognosis. J Gen Intern Med. 2012 May; 27(5):568-75. PMID: 22127798; PMCID: PMC3326105.
    24. Ahalt C, Binswanger IA, Steinman M, Tulsky J, Williams BA. Confined to ignorance: the absence of prisoner information from nationally representative health data sets. J Gen Intern Med. 2012 Feb; 27(2):160-6. PMID: 21922160; PMCID: PMC3270223.
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