Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

Jeffrey Coots, J.D., M.P.H. 

Jeffrey Coots, JD, MPH, serves as the Director of the From Punishment to Public Health initiative based at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Prior to joining P2PH, Mr. Coots completed a joint Juris Doctor/Masters of Public Health degree program at Northeastern University School of Law and Tufts University School of Medicine, where he focused his studies on the social justice and health impacts of mass incarceration. While in Boston, he served as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow and delivered dialogue-based “Healthy Reentry” workshops to introduce strategies for working in collaboration with a primary care provider to prevent new infections and mitigate the effects of chronic disease. Jeff started his professional career as a Development Officer at Goodwill of Greater Washington, steadily increasing funding to support workforce development programs and wrap-around services available to those returning from jail and prison. He earned his B.A. in Government International Relations from Dartmouth College in 2004. You can contact Mr. Coots at

Ernest Drucker, Ph.D.

Ernest Drucker is Senior Research Associate and Scholar in Residence at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Family and Social Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center/ Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in NY State and conducts research in AIDS, drug policy,and prisons and is active in public health and human rights efforts in the US and abroad. For 25 years Dr. Drucker was Director of Public Health and PolicyResearch at Montefiore/Einstein, founding Director of Montefiore's 1000 patient drug treatment program until 1990; an NIH funded principal investigator since 1991 and author of over 100 peer reviewed scientific articles, texts, and book chapters. He was founding Associate Editor of The International Journal ofDrug Policy; founder and Editor in Chief (with John Booth Davies) of Addiction Research and Theory (1993- 2005); and is now founding Editor in Chief of Harm Reduction Journal. Dr.Drucker was a founder (in 1994) of the International Harm Reduction Association; founder and Chairman of the Board of Doctors of the World/USA (1993-1997). He has been a Fellow of the Lindesmith Center at the Open Society Institute, a senior Soros Justice Fellow since 2004, and is a 2010-2011 Senior Specialist in Global Health of the US/Australian Fulbright Program at the Law School of the University of New South Wales. His book, A Plague of Prisons: The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration in America, was published by The New Press in Sept of 2011. You can contact Dr. Drucker at

Yeireline Rodriguez, B.A.

Yeireline Rodriguez is the Project Manager for P2PH. She is also a research associate at the Research & Evaluation Center, as well as the Anthropology department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Previously, she was the administrative coordinator for BOOM!Health, a nonprofit organization focused on harm reduction in the Bronx. She was also the lead investigator for Ports & Files, leading her to work on over 200 homicides in the state of New York. She obtained her BA in Forensic Psychology with a Minor in Cultural Anthropology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Her focus is working with nonprofit organizations to minimize violence and drug overdose in urban communities through education. She is currently pursuing her MA in Criminal Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. You can contact Ms. Rodriguez at

Steven Pacheco 

Steven Pacheco is an Advocacy Associate for P2PH. As a four-time inaugural fellow, Steven has partnered with the Vera Institute of Justice, the David Rockefeller Fund, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (Ron Moelis Social Innovation Fellow), and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office working within the fields of criminal justice policy, philanthropy, social innovation, and gun control. Pacheco served as Vice President and was elected President of Student Council for the academic years of 2017 - 2018 and 2018 - 2019, respectively. He is currently a senior at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, pursuing his BA in Social Thought (CUNY BA). You can contact Steven at