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David is a Senior Program Associate in Vera’s Substance Use and Mental Health Program. His work broadly focuses on the intersection of health and criminal justice system reform. He currently leads Vera’s Justice Reform for Healthy Communities Initiative, which aims to reduce health disparities in communities most affected by mass incarceration through public education, coalition building, public briefings, and policy publications. It also focuses on the role of the Affordable Care Act and national health reform in strengthening front-end alternatives to arrest, prosecution, and incarceration; and the utility of the social determinants of health framework in reforming the U.S. criminal justice system. Additionally, he is working on a pilot program to enhance medical triage and diversion opportunities in the pre-arraignment health screening units with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. David led the development of materials for Justice and Health Connect, an online resource to help justice and health systems navigate the legal, ethical, and technological challenges of information sharing. He currently serves as the project manager for Vera’s Segregation Reduction Project in Bernalillo County, New Mexico.
Prior to coming to Vera, David worked at the Center for Court Innovation researching the constitutional and ethical issues arising in adult mental health courts, and the Emory University School of Medicine as research specialist in neurodegenerative diseases. He received a law degree from Villanova Law School and an MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.