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Helen
Jack
MD

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biography

Dr. Helen E. Jack is a physician-scientist and a practicing primary care physician with the Washington Department of Corrections. Dr. Jack’s research focuses on the integration of behavioral health into primary care for vulnerable populations. Since 2013, she has been conducting global mental health systems research and doing research capacity-building in southern Africa, primarily Zimbabwe. As the behavioral health treatment gap spans borders, Dr. Jack is also involved in US-based research focused on substance use care in general medical settings and on access to care for justice-involved individuals.

Dr. Jack graduated summa cum laude from Yale University and completed medical school at Harvard Medical School. Prior to beginning her medical training, she earned a second BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.

Education & Training

  • MD, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA (2014–2018)
  • Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (2018–2021)

Honors

Alpha Omega Alpha (2020)

Harborview Annual Housestaff Achievement Award for Clinical Ability and Humanitarian Concern (2020)

Center for Primary Care Student Leadership Award, Harvard Medical School (2016)

Rhodes Scholarship (2012)

Phi Beta Kappa (2011)

Research

Dr. Jack is currently supported by an NIMH K23 career development award to study the implementation of WHO depression treatment guidelines in primary care in Zimbabwe. Along with Dr. Susan Graham, she is also leading an NIH-funded study on HIV prevention for people releasing from prison and jail in Washington State.

Much of her prior research has centered on how lay health workers, including both community health workers and peer support workers, can be part of expanding access to behavioral health care, both domestically and in southern Africa.

Research Interests

Clinical Interests

  • Primary care
  • Correctional health

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