Emily Wang MD, MAS
Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Medicine)
Vulnerable populations, specifically individuals with a history of incarceration; Social determinants of health; Community health workers; Community based participatory research
- National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute Career Development Award - Exploring three population-specific factors that may affect health outcomes in patients released from correctional facilities with cardiovascular risk factors and disease: the epidemiology of cardiovascular risk factors and disease, the nature of cardiovascular risk factor and disease care in prison health care systems, and prisoners’ knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs regarding their cardiovascular risk factors. Role: PI.
- The Impact of Incarceration and Substance Abuse on HIV-Infected Veterans - Exploring the impact of recent incarceration on HIV outcomes in HIV-infected Veterans in the Veterans Aging Cohort Study. We will specifically study the role of antiretroviral adherence, substance abuse treatment, and access to primary care on the association between incarceration and HIV outcomes. Role: PI.
- Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Innovation Award: “Transitions Clinic Network: Linking High-Risk Medicaid Patients Leaving Prison to Community Primary Care” - Leveraging the Transitions Clinic Network (11 clinics in 6 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia) to improve health, health care access, and reduce health care costs for individuals with chronic medical conditions returning from prison. Role: Co-Founder of the Transitions Clinic Network and Director of Evaluation.
- Yale Center for Clinical Investigation – “The Impact of Incarceration on the Control of Cardiovascular Risk Factors” - Exploring impact of recent incarceration on control of cardiovascular risk factors among Veterans in the Veterans Aging Cohort Study. We will specifically study the role of access to primary care and substance abuse on the association between incarceration and control of cardiovascular risk factors. Role: PI.
My research explores incarceration as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and how correctional facilities can be a meaningful point of intervention to prevent and mitigate cardiovascular disease in the community.