237279 A Captive Audience: Preconceptional Risk Reduction Education in County Jails

Monday, October 31, 2011

Suzanne Kinkle, RN, BS, CARN , Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative, Pennsauken, NJ
Helen Hannigan, MGA , Southern NJ Perinatal Cooperative, Pennsauken, NJ
Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative (SNJPC) is licensed by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (NJDHSS) of New Jersey's six regional Maternal Child Health Consortia (MCHC). In 2002, NJDHSS initiated the Perinatal Addictions Prevention Project (PAPP), through the MCHC with a goal of implementing uniform screening in all public and private prenatal settings, statewide, along with providing public information and education about perinatal substance use. Based on estimates that drug related offences account for over 50% of incarcerations, SNJPC PAPP staff targeted this group of individuals to receive information about substance use, particularly during pregnancy. The county jails have welcomed the staff of SNJPC into their settings seeing it as an opportunity to both provide information to inmates and help the jails to comply with requirements that they coordinate with community agencies. The staff at SNJPC has found both the male and female population interested in this topic. The educational sessions open up discussion with the inmates about alcohol; tobacco and drug use while pregnant and clear up many misperceptions. Male populations are not typically targeted for this type of education, however research has shown that males have an impact on whether a pregnant women use substance while pregnant, so providing education to them is also beneficial to their partners. A pre/post survey has demonstrated an increase in knowledge of the inmates following the presentation.

Learning Areas:
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Describe the perinatal addiction education provided in local county jails in southern New Jersey. Describe why this information is important for men as well as women.

Keywords: Health Education, Correctional Institutions

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Program Coordinator of the Perinatal Addictions Prevention Project.I have over 20 years experience working in the field of addiction
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.