237675 Reproductive Health Care for Incarcerated Women

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Sang Hee Won, MPH , National Institute for Reproductive Health, New York, NY
Karen Pollack, MSW , MOMobile®, Maternity Care Coalition, Philadelphia, PA
Karen Carr , Aid to Inmate Mothers, Montgomery, AL
The Urban Initiative for Reproductive Health is a groundbreaking, multi-year initiative to create and promote real policy solutions to address the reproductive health challenges facing cities today. One strategy for achieving this goal is to support local organizations through grants and technical assistance. In this panel, the Urban Initiative will provide a national overview of reproductive health care for incarcerated women along with three promising models from our network.

While prisons are governed at the federal and state levels, the county jail system is governed at the local level, meaning that health care provision in jails varies widely, has little central oversight, and leaves crucial decisions about health care provision to administrators' discretion. Panel speakers will share their strategies for improving reproductive health outcomes for incarcerated women on the city and/or county level. The MOMobile® at Riverside program will highlight their services for pregnant women and women with children under the age of three years who are incarcerated, including educational peer support groups, case management/counseling during incarceration, and reentry services upon discharge. New Voices Pittsburgh will discuss its FOCUS on Women Campaign to win access to standard provision of quality sexual, reproductive and maternal health conditions for incarcerated women and the mobilization of formerly incarcerated women, community stakeholders and policymakers through a training. Aid to Inmate Mothers will discuss their program in Montgomery, Alabama to increase access to reproductive health education in prisons and connect women to County Health Department reproductive health services upon release.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe strategies utilized by MOMobile®, New Voices Pittsburgh, and Aid to Inmate Mothers to improve reproductive health outcomes for incarcerated women on the city or county level. 2. Identify lessons-learned and best practices for protecting the rights of incarcerated women. 3. Increase knowledge of the specific reproductive health needs of incarcerated women and the role local advocates and policymakers can play to advance Reproductive Justice.

Keywords: Incarceration, Reproductive Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because of my involvement with the Urban Initiative for Reproductive Health. My relationships with local organizations working to improve reproductive health outcomes for incarcerated women provide me with a national perspective that allows me to successfully moderate this panel.
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.