A Free Tattoo Removal Program for Previously Incarcerated or Gang-Involved in North Carolina: Using Implementation Science to Develop a Program and Evaluation Plan Public Deposited

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  • February 28, 2019
  • Miles, J. Alex
    • Affiliation: Gillings School of Global Public Health, Public Health Leadership Program
  • Many people who were previously incarcerated or gang-involved often have visible and offensive tattoos which can eventually be regretted due to personal, social, or professional reasons. Despite changes to personal beliefs and desires to stay away from a prior life of crime or deviance, tattoos persist as a constant reminder of the past and hinder remediation efforts. Laser surgery is the mainstay of tattoo removal, but expense usually proves too high a barrier to widespread use. In order to address the specific needs of this population, tattoo removal programs offer a means to eliminate financial barriers by providing the service at reduced or no cost. No programs of this sort currently exist in what is known as the Triangle of North Carolina (anchored by the town of Chapel Hill and the cities of Raleigh and Durham). Thus, a novel tattoo removal program, Square One, is in development as a method to address unmet community needs. The goals of Square One are to help those trying to start on a new life path. Square One aims to help keep individuals away from criminal behavior and social marginalization by removing outward marks of a past life. In doing so, Square One may be a valuable tool to reduce recidivism, improve reintegration into society, and make positive changes in the lives of motivated individuals in the community. This paper provides an initial implementation and evaluation plan for the Square One program.
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  • Track: HC&P
  • Paper type: Systematic review
  • Tolleson-Rinehart, Sue
  • Hobbs, Richard
  • Master of Public Health
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  • Public Health
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • 2018
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