Negative Illness Feedbacks: High‐Frisk Policing Reduces Civilian Reliance on ED Services

Erin M. Kerrison | School of Social Welfare | Health Services Research, 2020

In Philadelphia, PA neighborhoods confronted with chronic and intrusive policing contact (e.g., “stop-question-and-frisk”), residents are less likely to utilize local emergency department (ED) resources. There are two notable contributions from this article: (1) Black underserved and over-policed neighborhood residents rely heavily on public hospital care. Thus, decreased ED use means that the sickest among us are not accessing the care they need and could otherwise secure. (2) The analyses lay bare that despite the shared human service and public safety aims of both municipal policing and public healthcare, their functioning in parallel “success” is impossible.