NCCHC President Announces Retirement

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Posted Oct 28, 2013

Edward Harrison, president and CEO of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care, announced he was stepping down after 27 years of service with the organization. The announcement was made at the October 27 meeting of the NCCHC board of directors. Mr. Harrison intends to retire in 2014 after the board names a successor for his position.

Mr. Harrison joined NCCHC in 1987 and became its president in 1993. During his tenure the Commission grew significantly as the nation's leader in the movement to improve health care in correctional settings. Among the notable achievements during this period are the great expansion of services and improved linkages with correctional and public health systems. NCCHC programs now reach tens of thousands of health professionals responsible for the care of millions of incarcerated patients.

"With Edward Harrison at the helm, NCCHC has led the way in improving health care in our nation's jails, prisons and juvenile facilities," said Renee Kanan, MD, MPH, who chairs NCCHC's board of directors. "We will miss his visionary leadership and steady guidance, and will be forever grateful for all of his contributions to our field.”

"Correctional health care is a unique field that, despite its remarkable advances in the past 35 years, will always require advocacy and attention," Mr. Harrison said. “It has been an honor to serve in such a worthy effort and in collaboration with so many extraordinarily dedicated professionals over the years.” Mr. Harrison plans to work to ensure a smooth transition to the new president, both before and after stepping down.

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About NCCHC: The National Commission on Correctional Health Care is a Chicago-based not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization working to improve the quality of care in our nation’s jails, prisons and juvenile detention and confinement facilities. Programs and resources include standards for health services, mental health services and opioid treatment programs in correctional facilities, voluntary accreditation programs for facilities that meet these standards, educational trainings and conferences, publications, and professional certification. NCCHC is supported by the major national organizations representing the fields of health, law and corrections. Each of these organizations has named a liaison to the NCCHC board of directors.