Access to Tobacco Treatment for the Justice-Involved Part 2: The Intersection of Policy, Practice, and Research

60 Minutes

Kerry Cork, JD, MA

Managing Legal Editor and Lead Senior Staff Attorney, Public Health Law Center

Kerry Cork serves as Managing Legal Editor and Lead Senior Staff Attorney at the Public Health Law Center, a national nonprofit organization of public health law and policy experts. Kerry has worked at the Center for twenty years, providing legal technical assistance on commercial tobacco and other public health law issues to public health professionals and organizations, lawyers, and advocates throughout the United States. Kerry also oversees the development and dissemination of the Center’s tobacco control publications and resources and leads its tobacco-related communications initiatives. She has published and presented on many tobacco and health law issues and serves as a principal and co-investigator on both national and local tobacco law research grants (including grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, National Institutes of Health, American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, and ClearWay Minnesota). Much of her research focuses on policies to reduce tobacco use among members of vulnerable and marginalized groups, many of whom suffer from mental illness or substance use (e.g., individuals who are homeless, the justice-involved population (adults and youth), residents of assisted living/adult foster care, and public housing). Kerry has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English literature from the University of Minnesota and a law degree from Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

Christine Ullstrup, LCSW, CSAC

Special Projects Advisor, Meta House

Ms. Ullstrup has over twenty-five years of experience in substance use and mental health treatment for women.  She has been on the Meta House staff since 1995 and was a recipient of their services in 1994.  Over her career at Meta House, she has held many different positions within their full continuum of care. Most recently as the VP of Clinical Services where she provided leadership and oversight for all three of Meta House Programs:  Residential, Outpatient, and Recovery Housing Community.  She was responsible for the vision and goals and coordination of services across all programs.  She developed policies and procedures to implement grants, certification, and licensing requirements.  In 2010, under her leadership, Meta House became a smoke free campus and formally began treating nicotine addiction.

As of June of 2023, Ms. Ullstrup has stepped down from her leadership role to Special Projects Advisor to assist Meta House with its strategic growth plan.

Pamela Valera, PhD, MSW, NCTTP

Assistant Professor, Department of Urban-Global Public Health and Ph.D. Director, School of Public Health, Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey

Dr. Pamela Valera is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban-Global Public Health and serves as the Ph.D. Director at the School of Public Health, Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of San Francisco, an MSW from the University of Michigan, and a PhD., in Social Work from the University of South Carolina. In addition to her academic background, Dr. Valera has completed a three-year NIMH T32 postdoctoral research fellowship in HIV Prevention and Human Sexuality at the Columbia University/New York Psychiatric Institute, as well as clinical training in cancer health from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and also an NHLBI R25 Program to Increase Diversity among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE) fellowship from SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

Dr. Valera’s research focuses on the drivers of health inequities in marginalized groups, including people living with HIV, those at risk for HIV, and people involved in the criminal justice system). At Rutgers School of Public Health, she developed the Community Health Justice Lab (, where members address inequity in health promotion activities among medically underserved and hidden populations. Dr. Valera uses the social determinants of health lens to explore health behaviors and health promotion strategies to reduce the detrimental effects of incarceration.

Webinar Objectives
  1. List two risk factors for tobacco use in the justice involved population.
  2. Describe two promising and evidence-based practices to address tobacco use disorders (TUD) among individuals in the criminal justice system.
  3. Identify two systemic barriers and challenges to integrating TUD treatment within the criminal justice system.
  4. Discuss two recommendations to address TUD treatment integration within the criminal justice systemwith a focus on steps to overcome systemic barriers, and implement policies, procedures, and best practices to improve access to TUD treatment.
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This UCSF CME activity was planned and developed to uphold academic standards to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor; adhere to requirements to protect health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA); and include a mechanism to inform learners when unapproved or unlabeled uses of therapeutic products or agents are discussed or referenced.

All speakers, planning committee members and reviewers have disclosed they have no relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Catherine Bonniot, Anita Browning, Christine Cheng, Brian Clark, Allison Gorrilla, MPH, Kerry Cork, JD, Jennifer Matekuare, Chad Morris, PhD, Ma Krisanta Pamatmat, MPH, Jessica Safier, MA, Christine Ullstrup, LCSW, Pamela Valera, PhD, and Maya Vijayaraghavan, MD, MAS.


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