Attendance, Learning Top the Charts at NCCHC National Conference in Nashville
Chicago (November 12, 2013) – The NCCHC National Conference on Correctional Health Care hit the high notes in Music City with standing-room-only crowds and top scores from attendees for increasing knowledge about correctional health care.
Sessions as varied as the Affordable Care Act, the Prison Rape Elimination Act Training for Health Staff, Violence and Bullying in the Workplace, the DSM-5 and Effectively Managing Sick Call Requests were filled to capacity. The National Conference provides education and networking for all levels of correctional health care staff working in jails, prisons and juvenile confinement facilities in a variety of medical and mental health care disciplines.
The conference rated very well on questions such as increasing understanding of common correctional health care issues, the extent that knowledge was increased and employing new practices for the treatment of major health care issues. Overall, 89 percent of participants rated the conference as good or excellent. Conference attendees received up to 32 continuing education credit hours.
“NCCHC is known throughout the field for our excellent educational programming,” said Brent Gibson, MD, vice president of operations for the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. “We draw upon so many disciplines and provide a unique opportunity for idea exchange. With input from both academics and clinical and administrative experts from the field, attendees get information they can use as soon as they get back to work to improve patient outcomes.”
The National Conference can be invaluable to health care leaders working with limited resources. As one physician attendee noted, “This was my first time at the conference. I have been working at a small county jail (150 beds) for the past year as the only medical provider. This conference opened my eyes to what we should be doing to better serve the inmates. I have a lot of ideas and suggestions to take back and implement. I felt like it gave me direction.”
Another attendee noted the excellent interaction at the event, stating, “Also, love getting ideas from my colleagues...we are all trying to accomplish the same goals, quality care! Thank you for a great conference!”
More than 100 exhibitors showed new products and solutions. Exhibits are an integral part of the educational programming as suppliers demonstrate products and solutions for daily challenges. Most attendees visited the exhibit hall two or more times.
NCCHC will hold its Spring Conference on Correctional Health Care on April 7-8, 2014, in Atlanta with preconference seminars taking place April 5-6. For more information, visit www.ncchc.org/spring-conference.