Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Receives NCCHC Award of Merit

Posted Dec 2, 2013

CHICAGO (December 2, 2013) ­­—The National Commission for Correctional Health Care has named the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and its president and CEO, Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, as the winner of its 2013 Bernard P. Harrison Award of Merit.

NCCHC’s highest honor, this award is presented to an individual or group that has demonstrated excellence and service that has advanced the correctional health care field, either through an individual project or a history of service. The award is named after NCCHC’s cofounder and first president.

Correctional populations have long been a target of the Foundation’s work, with dozens of projects and reports addressing everything from infectious disease screening to chronic care, drug treatment, juvenile populations, reentry and more. These projects have had a major impact by shedding light on deficiencies in correctional health systems, providing research to drive improvement in health care delivery and bringing correctional health care into the mainstream of public health concerns.

In the early 1980s, RWJF provided critical support that laid the groundwork for profound transformation of correctional health services, an evolution that continues today. A grant to the American Medical Association sustained its successes in developing standards and accreditation for correctional health care. With that support and the AMA project on sound footing, the project became the National Commission on Correctional Health Care.

Most recently, RWJF supported publication of Health and Incarceration—A Workshop Summary, which synopsizes a 2012 roundtable convened by the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine to discuss the challenges and opportunities for improving health and health care of incarcerated populations.

“We are extremely pleased to have had the opportunity to present this award to the Foundation,” said Edward Harrison, NCCHC president. “Their vision and efforts have had a significant impact on the health of the incarcerated and the nation’s public health as well.”

About the National Commission on Correctional Health Care

NCCHC is a 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. NCCHC establishes standards for health services in correctional facilities; operates a voluntary accreditation program for institutions that meet these standards; produces and disseminates resource publications; provides technical assistance; offers a quality review program; conducts educational trainings and conferences; and offers a certification program for correctional health professionals. NCCHC is supported by the major national organizations representing the fields of health, law and corrections. Each of these organizations has named a representative to the NCCHC Board of Directors.

NCCHC Supporting Organizations: Academy of Correctional Health Professionals, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Physician Assistants, American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, American Association of Public Health Physicians, American Bar Association, American College of Emergency Physicians, American College of Healthcare Executives, American College of Neuropsychiatrists, American College of Physicians, American College of Preventive Medicine, American Correctional Health Services Association, 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, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology, National Association of Counties, National Association of County and City Health Officials, National Association of Social Workers, National Medical Association, National Partnership for Juvenile Services, National Sheriffs' Association, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine and Society of Correctional Physicians

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