4282.0: Tuesday, November 14, 2000: 4:30 PM-6:00 PM

Highlights of the Third Edition of the APHA Standards for Health Services in Correctional Institutions

The APHA Standards for Health Care in Correctional Institutions has been revised (2000). Much has changed since the First (1976) and Second (1986) Editions: There have been substantial improvements in access to medical care for prisoners, and in the quality of health care services. The APHA standards, as well as leadership by members of the APHA, have contributed significantly to these changes. At the same time, the extraordinary committment to mass incarceration has swelled the population of U.S. Prisons and Jails to over 2,000,000 men and women, an order of magnitude greater than the number incarcerated when the First Edition of the Standards was published. Consistent with the rush to incarcerate ever greater numbers, the constitutional basis for requiring adequate health care for prisoners has been substantially weakened by Court decisions, and congressional legislation. We present the Third Edition of the Standards For Health Services in Correctional Institutions fully cognizant of the terrible conditions prevailing in United States prisons, yet hopeful that the American Public Health Association's promulgation of reasonable standards will provide material support to prisoners and health workers. Toward that end, the Third Edition contains new sections on: Treatment of prisoners in segregation; Care of adolescent prisoners; Human Rights in prison; Mental Health care; Sexuality in Prison; Infectious Diseases (AIDS, Hepatitis C)
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Organizer(s):deLone Maddy
4:30 PMHighlights of the Third Edition of the APHA Standards for Health Care in Correctional Institutuions
Michael Cohen, MD, Kim Thorburn, MD, Robert Cohen, MD, Maddy deLone, MPH, JD
Sponsor:Medical Care
Cosponsors:Community Health Planning and Policy Development

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA