Commitment to Care

American Correctional Association is committed to its mission of improving practices in correctional systems by helping agencies provide correctional populations with safe and effective health service delivery. ACA is the leader in setting international and national standards for the quality of life and safety of correctional systems.


The Office of Correctional Health Care serves ACA members, jurisdictions and its affiliates by supporting health services programs for the effective delivery of health to offender populations. We offer comprehensive services, support, and resources to help correctional facilities provide security and quality care for the offender population.

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Meet the Office of Correctional Health Care

Dr. Elizabeth Gondles has served the last eight Presidents of the American Correctional Association (ACA) as the Advisor to the President and oversees ACA’s Office of Correctional Healthcare. She currently serves in that position for President, Gary Mohr. She has a Ph.D in Criminal Justice, Health Sciences, Epidemiology.  

Doreen Efeti is the Correctional Health Services Manager with the Office of Correctional Health Care at ACA. In her role, she serves as the ACA contact employee with correctional professionals and correctional agencies in all areas of correctional health, which include: medical, dental, mental health and substance use disorders disciplines. She also works in partnership with all ACA departments to ensure health care remains at the forefront in all ACA activities.

She received her B.S. in Public and Community Health from the University of Maryland, College Park and a dual Master degree in public health with a concentration in health education and promotion and business administration with a focus in healthcare administration from Benedictine University.  Doreen is credentialed as a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES).