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NCJ Number: 169590 Find in a Library
Title: Public Health/Corrections Collaborations: Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS, STDs, and TB, Research in Brief
Series: NIJ Research in Brief
Author(s): T M Hammett
Corporate Author: Abt Associates, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 19
Sponsoring Agency: Abt Associates, Inc
Cambridge, MA 02138
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
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Contract Number: OJP-94-C-007
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
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United States of America

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Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the extent and nature of public health/corrections collaborations in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, STDs (sexually transmitted diseases), and TB (tuberculosis).
Abstract: Findings were based on responses to the 1997 NIJ/CDC national survey of correctional systems and site visits to six States and five city/county jurisdictions. According to survey findings, virtually all correctional systems have at least some collaboration with public health agencies. Site visits identified numerous collaborations in disease surveillance, testing and screening, follow-up, education and prevention programs, staff training, treatment services, and legislation and policy development. There were fewer collaborations in discharge planning and transitional services for people being released. Most collaborations involved public health departments providing funds, staff, or direct services in correctional facilities. Key factors in successful collaboration include the availability of data on disease burden or dramatic events; organizational, legislative, or regulatory provisions that provide for cooperation; attitudes and philosophies that facilitate cooperation; health department funding of programs in correctional facilities and operational features; and communication and information exchange. The report recommends public health agency collection and dissemination of data on the burden of infectious disease in inmate populations. It also proposes including correctional representation on all HIV prevention planning groups, as well as public health agency initiation or expansion of funding for services and staff in correctional facilities. Finally, the report recommends public health and correctional agency recognition of the importance and potential benefits of interventions in correctional settings to the health of the larger community. Rhode Island's and New York State's models of collaboration are profiled. 2 exhibits, 11 notes, and an appended summary of collaborative efforts identified during site visits
Main Term(s): Corrections policies
Index Term(s): AIDS/HIV in correctional facilities; AIDS/HIV prevention; Communicable diseases; Inmate health care; Interagency cooperation; Medical and dental services; Sexually transmitted diseases; Tuberculosis
Note: National Institute of Justice Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Research in Brief, July 1998.
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