In 2016 and ‘17, The Special Project participated in a grant funded by the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts.

In addition, to continuing weekly art activities in the visitors lobby, The Special Project partnered with the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellbeing and Center for Health Equity to complete a Health Impact Assessment Report on how parental incarceration harms children’s health in our community.

The assessment found that parental incarceration contributes to toxic stress for children and families. Using a health equity framework, the report shows that children of color are disproportionately affected by parental incarceration in Jefferson County.

With technical assistance from Kentucky Youth Advocates, The Special Project also created Highlights of the health impact assessment, focusing on the equity framework and featuring art made by incarcerated persons, their families and community members. The Highlights also centers on policies and practices to address the inequitable impact of incarceration.

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