Jenny Espinoza-Marcus

Jenny Espinoza-Marcus
Location: Elk Grove, California Cohort Start Year: 2019 Project Topics: Criminal Justice, Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Early Childhood, Economic Stability, Education, Environmental Justice, Health Care Access, Public Policy, Public, Population and Community Health, Racial Justice, Violence and Trauma Populations Served: At-Risk/Vulnerable Populations, Homeless Populations, Incarcerated or Formerly Incarcerated Populations, Low-Income Communities
Chief of Educational Partnerships Program
California Correctional Health Care Services

Dr. Jenny Espinoza-Marcus serves as chief of the Educational Partnerships Program for the state of California’s prison health care system, California Correctional Health Care Services. Her areas of focus are vulnerable populations, education, community engagement, and criminal justice health. She has advocated and provided care over the course of her career for some of our most marginalized populations, culminating in working with the incarcerated population for the last 10 years. Her current work focuses on pipeline initiatives to address the growing shortage of health care providers to care for underserved communities overall and incarcerated populations in particular (which are disproportionately affected due to stigma and other barriers). She is also committed to addressing the root causes of health inequities in the incarcerated population on a systems and policy level.

Working at San Quentin State Prison was a life-changing experience for Dr. Espinoza-Marcus. She had the opportunity to get to know patients over several years, and kept hearing the same stories about growing up in environments filled with trauma, violence, and poverty. In order to fundamentally improve outcomes for her patients in prison, she is now on a mission to delve deeper than treating symptoms and illnesses, working collaboratively to build a Culture of Health to address the cycle of systemic and health inequities that got them there in the first place.

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