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NCJ Number: 237499 Find in a Library
Title: Challenges and Strategies of Frontline Staff Providing HIV Services for Inmates and Releasees
Journal: Journal of Correctional Health Care  Volume:17  Issue:4  Dated:October 2011  Pages:344-360
Author(s): Alyssa G. Robillard, Ph.D., CHES; Ronald L. Braithwaite Ph.D.; Paige Gallito-Zaparaniuk M.S.; Sofia Kennedy, M.P.H.
Date Published: October 2011
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Ctr's for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Atlanta, GA 30333
Health Resources and Services Admin (HRSA)
Rockville, MD 20857
Grant Number: 1H97HA00126020
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This qualitative evaluation describes the challenges and strategies of frontline staff involved in HIV-related services for inmates and releasees.
Abstract: Linkages to services for HIV-infected inmates are critically important; however, little is known about the challenges faced by staff coordinating these linkages. This qualitative evaluation describes the challenges and strategies of frontline staff involved in HIV-related services for inmates and releasees participating in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Health Resources and Services Administration Corrections Demonstration Project. Eight focus groups were held during a national meeting of community-based organizations. Content analysis revealed multiple themes. This evaluation emphasizes the lack of and difficulty obtaining services for this population. Staff recognize the role of security and safety when working in facilities and have identified methods to coordinate and communicate to facilitate their work. Communication with key partners and colleagues is important to understand the challenges and identify strategies; however, political advocacy is important for increased awareness and resources. Consideration of these issues within an ecological framework may help frontline staff translate findings to practice. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): AIDS/HIV in correctional facilities
Index Term(s): Community involvement; Community service programs; Inmate health care; Reentry; Staff client relations
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