Correctional Health Care Professionals Converge in Atlanta for NCCHC Spring Conference
Chicago (April 11, 2014) – The NCCHC Spring Conference on Correctional Health Care fired up the field in “Hotlanta” with an excellent turnout, rave reviews and top scores from attendees for enhancing professional practice and providing tools to improve patient outcomes.The Conference provides education and networking for all levels of correctional health staff working in jails, prisons and juvenile confinement facilities in a variety of medical and mental health care disciplines.
Top-rated sessions covered all aspects of correctional health care, including how to manage chronic care in corrections; opioid and substance abuse treatment; violence prevention as a public health issue; ECG boot camp; emergency readiness; documentation; and Bureau of Prisons clinical skill assessor training. Other highlights included a plenary session by Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH, director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and an educational luncheon led by Glenn Treisman, MD, PhD, of Johns Hopkins Hospital on hepatitis C infection and depression. Conference attendees received up to 27 continuing education credit hours.
Local sheriffs and jail commanders from neighboring counties were recognized for their support of NCCHC accreditation and its importance to public health and safety, including Sheriff Ezell Brown (Newton County), Sheriff Theodore Jackson (Fulton County), Sheriff Jeff Mann (DeKalb County), Colonel Don Bartlett (Cobb County) and Colonel Don Pinkard (Gwinnett County).
Several physician attendees noted that the conference was extremely helpful in providing information on chronic pain, depression and drug abuse; validating current practices; explaining the impact of the Affordable Care Act; improving leadership skills; and allowing them to connect with peers.
One psychologist stated that he would “rethink the clinical protocol used to evaluate patients who engage in self-injurious behavior…. Overall, a very satisfying outcome to a well-planned conference.” A correctional nurse commented, “I feel this (conference) was the best investment I have made in my 30+ years as a health care provider. It provided everything I needed to help me become a more proficient correctional nurse. I now have a great resource base at NCCHC.”
More than 50 exhibitors showed new products and solutions. Most attendees visited the exhibit hall two or more times.
NCCHC will hold its National Conference on Correctional Health Care on October 20-22, 2014, in Las Vegas with preconference seminars taking place October 18-19. For more information, visit www.ncchc.org/national-conference.