250648 Fifteen years of the WHO Health in Prisons Project

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 11:10 AM

Corey Weinstein, MD, CCHP , California Prison Focus, San Francisco, CA
The Health in Prison Project is a 15 year old program of WHO Europe that includes representatives from 37 member states. It acts to support member states in improving public health by addressing health and health care in prisons, and to facilitate the links between prison health and public health systems at both national and international levels. The promotion of cooperation and integration of best practices and public health into prison medicine helps reverse health inequalities. Strategies such as opiate substitution, needle exchange and continuity of care have been successful for HIPP members. By creating partnerships among appropriate government agencies, penal managers and practitioners, NGOs and advocates HIPP facilitates the dissemination of successful programs, and provides technical support and encouragement for change. The partnerships between government and NGOs allow the development of policy and program that avoid the narrowness and superficial reactivity of political expedience and election campaign posturing that is so common in the US.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Diversity and culture
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Provision of health care to the public

Learning Objectives:
Understand the nature of the Health in Prison Project and why it is a useful strategy to impact the health of the incarcerated.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have attended the WHO Health in Prison Project meetings and been an active participant in the preparation of various WHO HIPP reports and served as a liaison between WHO HIPP and the APHA. I have served as a correctional medical consultant for 40 years and helped write the APHA Standards for Health Services in Correctional Institutions, serve on the IHRC of APHA.
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.