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NCJ Number: 78410 Find in a Library
Title: Guidelines for a Community Health Education Program in a Correctional Setting
Author(s): F H Stelling; D J Trisdale
Corporate Author: Tennessee Dept of Public Health
Bureau of Health Education
United States of America
Project Director: F H Stelling
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 33
Sponsoring Agency: National Technical Information Service
Springfield, VA 22151
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Tennessee Dept of Public Health
Sale Source: National Technical Information Service
US Dept of Commerce
5285 Port Royal Road
Springfield, VA 22151
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Experiences of two health education projects organized and implemented within the correctional setting by the Tennessee Department of Public Health are reported. Steps in program development and implementation are delineated to assist professionals in designing community health education programs for the corrections community.
Abstract: One project was initiated at the Fort Pillow State Farm, and the other project was organized at the Tennessee Prison for Women in Nashville. Important considerations in project implementation were leadership, prison personnel, and resident involvement. A first step in program development is to gather statistical data and examine descriptive and subjective information. After data have been compiled, the community must be involved in decisions about what priorities are to be incorporated in health education. Community involvement can be achieved through the establishment of a community health council. Particular health problems of the prison population must be considered, including dental health, hypertension, athlete's foot, and head lice. Subjectively perceived health problems include nutrition, use of health facilities, and anxiety about death. Suggestions are also given on evaluating the program's organization and development, effectiveness, and efficiency. Suggested resources and data sources for program development are appended along with 35 references. An activities chart is included to illustrate the overall program plan. (NTIS abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Correctional institutions (adult); Inmate health care; Priorities determination; Program evaluation; Program implementation; Program planning; Tennessee
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