Correctional health is vital to the health of our nation. Corrections professionals must do their part to help eliminate health disparities. With its mission firmly in place, members of the American Correctional Association launched the Healthcare Professional Interest Section as well as the Health Care Certification Program (http://www.aca.org/certification/) in January 2007.
Security and treatment personnel within corrections recognize that collaboration creates opportunities to lead in impacting and improving the overall health of our nation. Bringing together these two groups of professionals to discuss specific workplace challenges and prevention and treatment strategies can foster innovative ideas and solutions to important issues in correctional health and security operations.
Members of the Healthcare Professional Interest Section receive all the benefits of ACA membership and more. In addition to ACA's flagship magazine, Corrections Today, Healthcare Professional Interest Section members receive a subscription to Correctional Health Today, a biannual peer-reviewed journal designed specifically for correctional health professionals. They will also have access to a Members Only section of ACA's Web site, which includes the online version of Correctional Health Today, discussion boards, links to important health care Web sites and organizations, position statements, and networking and mentoring opportunities. Members can also receive discounts on ACA's certification program, publications, conferences and workshops, and they can participate in dedicated health care training tracks and other special events at ACA conferences.
Health care is an ever-growing and ever-changing field. Correctional health care is growing and changing as well. These developments are not only the concern of health personnel, they affect every single corrections professional from line officers to wardens to agency directors.
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(Video Courtesy of Federal Bureau of Prisons)