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 (OCH)


Elizabeth Gondles, PhD, Senior Director of OCH

Dr. Elizabeth Gondles has served the last twelve Presidents of the American Correctional Association (ACA) on corrections initiatives. She currently is the senior director of the ACA, Office of Correctional Health., Security ProfessionalDevelopment, International Initiatives and consults in business development for all ACA 7 Departments at ACA. Elizabeth was the Project Director from 1999-2003 for the development of ACA, health performance-based standards, expected practices and outcome measures for total correctional operations. She has worked extensively in the American Correctional Association’s national and global program on the development of International Performance-based Standards, Expected Practices and outcome measures in prisons and jails and youth services. She served on the for the recent mental health and restrictive housing expected practices. She created the ACA, Office of Correctional Health and founded the Coalition of Correctional Health Authorities in 2006.

Michael Miskell, MPH, CHES®, Director of OCH

Mike Miskell is the director of the Office of Correctional Health in the American Correctional Association (ACA). Since 2016, he has worked in partnership with all departments in the ACA office to ensure health care remains at the forefront of all ACA activities. Mike oversees a team of corrections and public health experts that help coordinate all health-related activities for ACA membership, treatment committees, certified corrections professionals, grant funding initiatives, training, technical assistance, and more! Mike has a master’s degree in Public Health, a bachelor’s degree in Health Science Administration, an associate degree in Health Information Technology, and is a Certified Health Education Specialist®. As a non-clinician, Mike views his role as a healthcare administrator in corrections to act as an interpreter for all stakeholders internal and external to corrections.

Amanda Miesner, B.A. CHES®, Associate Correctional Health Specialist

Amanda Miesner currently works as an Associate Correctional Health Specialist at the American Correctional Association. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Community Health with a concentration in Health Education and Promotion. Amanda is a Certified Health Education Specialist®.

Simone Bernateau, B.S., Correctional Health Coordinator

Ms. Simone Bernateau is the correctional health coordinator for the Office of Correctional Health (OCH) at the American Correctional Association. Ms. Bernateau is currently enrolled at George Mason University (GMU) in the Master of Health Systems Management program. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). She recently became the lead coordinator on a special project initiative that deals with COVID-19 Therapeutics training for health professionals. Also, she assist in Coalitions of Correctional Health Authority (CCHA) trainings, conference planning, and other OCH initiatives.

Rhea Campbell, B.S., Correctional Health Coordinator

Rhea Campbell is a Correctional Health Coordinator at the American Correctional Association. She is a recent graduate of George Mason University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Community Health.




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