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Cyrus Ahalt, MPP

TitleCo-Director UC Criminal Justic
InstitutionUniversity of California San Francisco
DepartmentMedicine
Address3333 California Street
San Francisco CA 94118
Phone415-502-0191
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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 public health researcher in the UCSF Department of Medicine and Associate Director of The Criminal Justice & Health Program at UCSF. His work has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, the American Journal of Public Health, Health Affairs Blog, and elsewhere. He has consulted to Departments of Corrections around the country to promote rehabilitation by improving living and working conditions in state prison facilities and enhance health care services for aging, cognitively impaired, and seriously and terminally ill people in prison, including expanding access to existing Medical Parole and Compassionate Release laws. As part of that work, he has facilitated an ongoing international exchange program that has advanced prison reform in the U.S. by connecting leaders in the Norwegian Correctional Service with correctional and government leaders in six U.S. states. The program has been featured in USA Today, Mother Jones, and other media outlets.

    He has contributed research and writing for expert testimony commissioned by the National ACLU, the US Federal Sentencing Commission, and others and has authored textbook chapters for the World Health Organization's Health In Prisons guide and the Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Mr. Ahalt has assisted California State Senators and advocacy organizations in drafting and advancing criminal justice reform bills and conducted a portfolio review of NIH funding to highlight the dearth of research funding on behalf of people in prison despite the national focus on health disparities.

    Mr. Ahalt's previously worked as a public health program evaluator assessing interventions to improve population health and eliminate domestic violence in post-conflict sub-Saharan Africa.


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    1. Greene M, Ahalt C, Stijacic-Cenzer I, Metzger L, Williams B. Older adults in jail: high rates and early onset of geriatric conditions. Health Justice. 2018 Feb 17; 6(1):3. PMID: 29455436.
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    2. Ahalt C, Haney C, Kinner S, Williams B. Balancing the Rights to Protection and Participation: A Call for Expanded Access to Ethically Conducted Correctional Health Research. J Gen Intern Med. 2018 May; 33(5):764-768. PMID: 29404944.
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    3. Humphreys J, Ahalt C, Stijacic-Cenzer I, Widera E, Williams B. Six-Month Emergency Department Use among Older Adults Following Jail Incarceration. J Urban Health. 2017 Dec 04. PMID: 29204845.
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    4. Makaroun LK, Brown RT, Diaz-Ramirez LG, Ahalt C, Boscardin WJ, Lang-Brown S, Lee S. Wealth-Associated Disparities in Death and Disability in the United States and England. JAMA Intern Med. 2017 Dec 01; 177(12):1745-1753. PMID: 29059279.
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    5. Ahalt C, Rothman A, Williams BA. Examining the role of healthcare professionals in the use of solitary confinement. BMJ. 2017 10 24; 359:j4657. PMID: 29066498.
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    6. Rothman A, McConville S, Hsia R, Metzger L, Ahalt C, Williams BA. Differences between incarcerated and non-incarcerated patients who die in community hospitals highlight the need for palliative care services for seriously ill prisoners in correctional facilities and in community hospitals: A cross-sectional study. Palliat Med. 2018 Jan; 32(1):17-22. PMID: 28952889.
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    7. Campbell J, Ahalt C, Hagar R, Arroyo W. Building on mental health training for law enforcement: strengthening community partnerships. Int J Prison Health. 2017 Sep 11; 13(3-4):207-212. PMID: 28914119.
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    8. Ahalt C, Williams B. Advancing evidence-based interventions at the intersection of criminal justice and health. Int J Prison Health. 2017 Sep 11; 13(3-4):137-138. PMID: 28914123.
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    9. Metzger L, Ahalt C, Kushel M, Riker A, Williams B. Mobilizing cross-sector community partnerships to address the needs of criminal justice-involved older adults: a framework for action. Int J Prison Health. 2017 Sep 11; 13(3-4):173-184. PMID: 28914125.
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    10. Ahalt C, Sudore R, Bolano M, Metzger L, Darby AM, Williams B. "Teach-to-Goal" to Better Assess Informed Consent Comprehension among Incarcerated Clinical Research Participants. AMA J Ethics. 2017 Sep 01; 19(9):862-872. PMID: 28905727.
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    11. Brown RT, Ahalt C, Rivera J, Stijacic Cenzer I, Wilhelm A, Williams BA. Good Cop, Better Cop: Evaluation of a Geriatrics Training Program for Police. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Aug; 65(8):1842-1847. PMID: 28436006.
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    12. Psick Z, Simon J, Brown R, Ahalt C. Older and incarcerated: policy implications of aging prison populations. Int J Prison Health. 2017 03 13; 13(1):57-63. PMID: 28299972.
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    13. Ahalt C, Williams B. Guest editorial. Int J Prison Health. 2017 03 13; 13(1):1-2. PMID: 28299965.
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    14. 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 03 13; 13(1):41-48. PMID: 28299967.
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    15. Williams B, Rothman A, Ahalt C. For Seriously Ill Prisoners, Consider Evidence-Based Compassionate Release Policies. Health Affairs Blog. 2017.
    16. Bolano M, Ahalt C, Ritchie C, Stijacic-Cenzer I, Williams B. Detained and Distressed: Persistent Distressing Symptoms in a Population of Older Jail Inmates. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Nov; 64(11):2349-2355. PMID: 27534904.
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    17. Flatt JD, Williams BA, Barnes D, Goldenson J, Ahalt C. Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and associated health and social vulnerabilities in older jail inmates. Aging Ment Health. 2017 Oct; 21(10):1106-1112. PMID: 27367335.
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    18. 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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    19. Ahalt C, Williams B. Reforming Solitary-Confinement Policy--Heeding a Presidential Call to Action. N Engl J Med. 2016 May 05; 374(18):1704-6. PMID: 27144846.
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    20. 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 04; 163(3):240-1. PMID: 26237756.
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    21. 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 03; 162(5):345-52. PMID: 25732276; PMCID: PMC4652644.
    22. 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.
    23. 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.
    24. 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.
    25. 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.
    26. 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.
    27. 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.
    28. 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.
    29. 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.
    30. 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.
    31. 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.
    32. 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.
    33. 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.
    34. 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.
    35. 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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