4221.0 The health of incarcerated women: A matter of social justice

Tuesday, November 9, 2010: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Imprisoned women are among the most disadvantaged people in society. They are disproportionately from minority populations and often economically disadvantaged. Despite having a right to medical treatment, medical care in the prison system is lacking. Peer education programs sometimes serve to bridge this gap. This session explores the health concerns of incarcerated women and issues of access from a social justice perspective. This session also presents research on the impact of stigma on the health of women who have previously been incarcerated. Finally, this session presents the findings of a peer education program on health literacy.
Session Objectives: 1. Discuss the issue of access to medical care for women in prisons. 2. List two health concerns of incarcerated women. 3. Describe the impact of stigma on the health of women who have been incarceration.
Sarah Gareau, DrPH, MEd, MCHES

Using participatory methods to examine policy and women prisoners' health
Diane Hatton, RN, DNSc and Anastasia Fisher, RN, DNSc
Acceptability of routine Trichomonas screening for incarcerated women
Jennifer Clarke, MD, MPH, Ank Nijhawan, MD, MPH, Michaela Seadale, BA, Rachel Salloway, BS and Kimberle Chapin, MD DABMM, FCAP
Impact of stigma on the health of young women leaving jail
Juliana Elizabeth Van Olphen, PhD, MPH, Doris Fendt, BA, Amie R. Fishman, MPH (c), Karen Levine, Nakisha McDowell and Julie Posada Guzman

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Organized by: Women's Caucus
Endorsed by: APHA-Committee on Women's Rights, Latino Caucus, Maternal and Child Health, Socialist Caucus, Social Work

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)

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