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Germano Kimbro

GERMANO KIMBRO

Re-Entry Coordinator

 

Germano Kimbro brings 20 years of Human Service experiences; trained in BEST Practices, he is a Certified “Ice House” Entrepreneurship Learning Initiative Facilitator, and a Positive Youth Development Specialist. Germano is a co-founder and one of the first coordinators of the New Haven Family Alliance’s (NHFA) Male Involvement Network (MIN), a comprehensive service delivery system that supports men and fathers to become healthier and meet the emotional, social, and financial responsibilities for their children. Germano is an experienced local and state advocate, and worked to create and change policy through legislation, influenced the 1999 public Act No. 99-193 and establish the John Martinez Responsible Fatherhood Act. Germano’s work with fathers and families is modeled in Connecticut and throughout the country.

While at Springfield College, Germano conducted a senior research project surveying 200 Black males and their access to health care. It was discovered that low income males from inner cities tend to access services in three ways:

🔑Military

🔑Emergency Rooms

🔑Prisons

This work was published in American Journal of Public Health, Health Policy and the Health Policy Coloring of an American Male Crisis: A Perspective on Community-Health Services, 2003. This work continues to influence the addressing of disparities in health care for African-Americans men in Connecticut and around the country.

 

Germano is currently working as a Prison Reentry Coordinator for the Warren A. Kimbro Reentry Project (WKRP). This project helps incarcerated men and women transition back into the community by connecting with individuals 6-9 months prior to release; providing program participants with Transitional Planning and Case Management Support. In 2001 Germano began volunteering with the State Capitol Reentry Round Table with former State Representative William (Bill) Dyson to shed light on the racial disparities and Mass incarceration work which led to “Building Bridges” Pilot Reentry Program. Germano has served as New Haven Healthy Start’s Fatherhood Services Coordinator “Fatherhood Matters –TODAY” (FMT). This program encourages connection and support to fathers with pregnant partners. These programs are in collaboration and partnership with Community Action Agency New Haven (CAANH).

 

Germano has extensive training in prevention and alternative substance abuse treatment methods. As one of the founding members of the Connecticut Harm Reduction Coalition, he contributed to the legislation that decriminalized marijuana, encouraged needle exchange programs and the expansion of methadone maintenance treatment.

 

Germano is pursuing a Masters of Social Work at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) with a concentration on Criminal Justice in the fall 2017.