Ruth Shefner, MPH, MSW, is the Director of the Goldring Reentry Initiative (GRI), a program at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice that works with people as they transition out of the Philadelphia Department of Prisons by having Master of Social Work (MSW) interns provide therapeutic case management services pre- and post- release from jail. As Director, Ruth oversees all program operations, including client selection, collaborations with community and legal partners, coordinating access to jail facilities, supervision of macro social work interns, and program evaluation.
Ruth has worked with the GRI since 2015, first as an MSW intern, then as an MSW fellow prior to becoming the Director in 2018. Before coming to Philadelphia, Ruth was a Health Research Analyst at IMPAQ International in Washington, DC, where she worked with Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) on a variety of quantitative and qualitative support projects. While at Penn, Ruth has also spearheaded research on opioid overdose and criminal justice contact with faculty in the Public Health department. Ruth has her MSW and her MPH from the University of Pennsylvania (2017 & 2018), and a BA in Public Health from Brown University (2013).