Date of Graduation

Summer 8-27-2014

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


School of Nursing and Health Professions


For the summer of 2014, I was given the opportunity to intern with the Gamble Institute in Oakland, CA. As an intern at TGI, I worked most of my time developing a policy brief about barriers to entering the behavioral health (Social Work) and nursing professions for individuals with criminal convictions. At TGI, I conducted research, studied previous incarcerated case studies, policy development, and learned about public policy choices in the US concerning higher education and prison. In the following paper I will provide background information on the Gamble Institute and programs provided to the incarcerated population. The rest of the paper will be focusing on the main thesis of barriers to licensure in professional fields of Social Work and Nursing for the incarcerated population. Key findings and public health competencies that were learned in this internship project are included in this paper. The goal of this project was to create awareness on the barriers that the incarcerated face when applying for licensure. Hopefully once more of the population know about this concerning issue, they will use their awareness to eliminate these barriers for the incarcerated in regards to licensure.