Amy B. Smoyer, PhD

Prison Food, Incarcerated Lives, Health & Social Work

Community

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support for INCARCERATED aND formerly incarcerated people

Amy is an active member of New Haven's efforts to support formerly incarcerated people. She collaborates with the City's Project Fresh Start as co-chair of the Women's Resettlement Working Group and works on community efforts to increase access to social services. She also runs a weekly support group for HIV+ women incarcerated at CT's York Correctional Institution in Niantic, CT.  Other collaborations include an occassional series of yoga classes for women in recovery in New Haven.

 

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outreach and assessment

As a social work researcher, Amy contributes to community assessment and program evaluation projects. For example, she  helped to evaluate a photovoice project with youth in Haiti and collaborated with a student to conduct a needs assessment of transgender women in New Haven.  At national and international conferences, Amy shares her research with community members, non-profit agencies, government organizations, and  academic researchers.