Online Program

Determining the unmet reproductive health needs of previously incarcerated women

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 12:30 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Monica McLemore, RN, MPH, PhD, Family Health Care Nursing Department, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Zakeya Warner Hand, MPA(c), California State University, East Bay, Oakland, CA
Low-income and previously incarcerated women of color are more likely to experience health disparities in sexual and reproductive health care. Three organizations came together to develop a woman of color centric doula training for low-income and previously incarcerated women. The Birth Justice Project’s mission is to end reproductive injustice within incarcerated and underserved populations. Black Women Birthing Justice is a collective of African-American, African, Caribbean and multiracial women whose vision is that that every woman should have an empowering birthing experience free of unnecessary medical interventions. The University of California, San Francisco, Family Health Care Nursing Department’s mission is to optimize the health and well-being of children, women, and families in a changing multicultural society through our nursing programs of teaching, research, and practice, as well as through community service. These organizations developed a doula training “gateway drug” to the health professions for low-income and previously incarcerated women and test this vocational training as an intervention to reduce recidivism. During the training we collected comprehensive demographic data from our and found that those participating in the program report a high degree of involuntary first sexual experience prior and inappropriate sexual experiences with people known to them before and after incarceration. Additionally, these women experienced gaps in key reproductive services due to their incarceration (post partum visits and discontinuation of breastfeeding). Future work should include the integration of health care obtained during incarceration to the medical records for women at risk for recidivism to provide comprehensive community based appropriate care.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe the unmet reproductive health needs of previously incarcerated women Discuss the factors that contribute to the unmet reproductive health needs of previously incarcerated women

Keyword(s): Prisoners Health, Community Health Programs

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the PI for this project and a doctorally prepared nurse who has conducted studies with vulnerable populations and poor women of color.
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.