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NCCHC Launches Correctional Health Foundation
By National Commission on Correctional Health Care
Published: 08/10/2020

Ncchc chf color logo scaled CHICAGO – To meet the increasingly complex needs of today’s incarcerated populations, the National Commission on Correctional Health Care has launched the NCCHC Correctional Health Foundation, a bold initiative that will accelerate the organization’s important work.

The Foundation's mission is to champion the correctional health care field and serve the public by supporting research, professional education, scholarships, and patient reentry into the community.

“Correctional health care is public health,” says Jennifer Riskind, Foundation director. “Over 95% of incarcerated individuals will eventually return to their communities, and their health problems and needs will often continue. Supporting their health with interventions, care, and education makes the entire community healthier.”

Riskind brings more than 20 years of nonprofit management, development, and fundraising experience to her role as director of the new foundation. Most recently, she was director of development for the Accelerate Institute in Chicago.

Led by Riskind and board chair Thomas Fagan, PhD, CCHP-MH, the Foundation seeks to support clinical research that identifies best practices and leads to better outcomes in correctional settings; gather, analyze, and disseminate data to support high-quality correctional health care; encourage health care efficacy and efficiency through support for evidence-based medicine; mentor the next generation of correctional health professionals and support their continuing education needs; and provide resources to incarcerated individuals on supporting their own health.

“For over 40 years, our organization has been at the forefront of leading dramatic improvements in patient care in corrections,” says Deborah Ross, CCHP, NCCHC’s chief executive officer. “Despite much progress, our constituents face complex challenges. Limited health care budgets, greater acuity of mental health needs, the opioid crisis, and the rise of infectious diseases like COVID-19 are just a few of the significant problems the Foundation will address.”

Initial funding priorities include clinical research to further the correctional health field and scholarships for students and young professionals to attend NCCHC events.

More information is available at ncchc.org/foundation.

About the National Commission on Correctional Health Care

The mission of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is to improve the quality of health care in jails, prisons, and juvenile confinement facilities. NCCHC establishes standards for health services in correctional facilities, operates a voluntary accreditation program for institutions that meet those standards, produces and disseminates resource publications, conducts educational conferences, and offers a certification program for correctional health professionals. NCCHC is supported by the major national organizations representing the fields of health, mental health, law, and corrections. Each of those supporting organizations has named a liaison to the NCCHC board of directors to create a robust, multidisciplinary governing structure that reflects the complexities of correctional health care.

NCCHC Supporting Organizations: Academy of Correctional Health Professionals, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of PAs, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Bar Association, American College of Correctional Physicians, American College of Emergency Physicians, American College of Healthcare Executives, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Physicians, American College of Preventive Medicine, American Counseling Association, American Dental Association, American Health Information Management Association, American Jail Association, American Medical Association, American Nurses Association, American Osteopathic Association, American Pharmacists Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, American Public Health Association, American Society of Addiction Medicine, International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology, National Association of Counties, National Association of Social Workers, National Medical Association, National Partnership for Juvenile Services, National Sheriffs' Association, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine


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