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A program to tackle youth incarceration by promoting paths to opportunity for young people, especially among youth of color, is being formed by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and will be directed by Benjamin Danielson, MD, a clinical professor of Pediatrics and a community leader in health equity.

The program, Allies in Healthier Systems for Health & Abundance in Youth (AHSHAY) will work to end youth incarceration in Washington state by 2030 and to promote paths to opportunity that are youth-centered, community-informed and evidence-based, with a focus on communities historically most impacted by youth incarceration.

The program is also in the process of becoming a center, and will promote solutions, including new programs and policy changes centered on the health and well-being of children and youth while considering the overall well-being of families and communities.

Read more on the UW Medicine Newsroom.