Spring Conference on Correctional Health Care

April 11 - April 14, 2015

Bright ideas and new solutions! In one of the nation's most vibrant cities, this conference brings peers together to address specific challenges, make new contacts and leave with more preparation and confidence for the everyday questions and strategic issues you face.
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Event Co-Hosts:
• Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office
• Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office 

Program Information
Continuing Education
Hear From Peers
CCHP Certification
Exhibitor Information

Bright ideas and new solutions

Conference April 13-14 * Preconference Seminars April 11-12 * Exhibits April 12-14

Start the year off right by planning to attend the NCCHC Spring Conference in exciting New Orleans. The conference brings peers together to address specific challenges, make new contacts and leave with more preparation and confidence for daily patient care issues and emerging crises and opportunities. 

NCCHC has been a pioneer in establishing correctional health care standards and helping thousands of correctional systems provide quality health services cost-effectively. Meet the people and the organization that are leading the way.

The NCCHC conference was outstanding! The classes and discussions provided me with a fresh perspective on common issues in correctional health. I am bursting with fresh ideas to improve patient care in my department. – Jessica Schreurs, RN, CCHP, Clinical Supervisor, South Dakota State Penitentiary


Register online to receive immediate confirmation and payment receipt. If you are new to our online registration system, you must first create your log-in and password. To register by mail or fax, please download this registration form.

Registration Rates

March 6

March 7 -
April 3


Conference registration*  $345 $395  $420
One-day (Monday or Tuesday) $195  $210 $235
Preconference seminar:
full day
$195 $195  $195
Preconference seminar:
half day
$99 $99  $99
Guest or spouse
(exhibit hall events only)
$75  $75 $75
Speaker $195 $195  $220


* Members of the Academy of Correctional Health Professionals receive a discount of $25 on the early, regular and on-site rates. To join the Academy of Correctional Health Professionals, simply sign up when you register. This group is independent of NCCHC and the discount is offered as a courtesy.

Conference registration includes access to all conference events and educational sessions from Sunday evening through Tuesday, including roundtable discussions, any provided breakfasts or lunches and all exhibit hall events. One-day registration provides access to all events and sessions scheduled for that day. 


To be considered preregistered, your registration with full payment must be received by April 3. After this date, all registrations must be processed on-site. An on-site fee of $25 will apply.

Cancellation Policy

Notification of cancellation must be made in writing. Cancellations received by March 20 will be refunded less a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations after March 20. Delegate substitutions are allowed at any time, but NCCHC must be notified in writing. Registrants who fail to attend the conference and do not notify NCCHC are responsible for full payment.

Funding Approval Tips
While the issues you face continue to grow in number and complexity, there’s no doubt that getting to a conference poses budget difficulties for many professionals in our field. Here are some ideas to get your approval on track so you can join your peers in New Orleans. 

Maximize Your Potential

You can count on NCCHC’s Spring Conference to feature essential updates and patient
care strategies to help optimize the health care decisions you make. With a broad range of
subjects that span the continuum of care, the lineup offers something for everyone.
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Here is a sample of the 55-plus presentations:
• Abdominal Pain: Causes and Clinical Significance
• Collaborating Between Corrections and Communities: A Public Health Concern
• Diabetes Primer for the Correctional Nurse
• Exploring Palliative Care in Corrections: Implications of a Scoping Review
• Important Techniques in Communicating With Your Legal Counsel
• Nurses’ Assessment of Dental Problems
• Predicting Future Behavior: Performing More Accurate Risk Assessments
• Treating the Adolescent Male Psychopath
• Tuberculosis: Preventing the Next Outbreak
• Understanding Gender Dysphoria in a Correctional Environment

Daily Schedule

Saturday, April 11 - Preconference seminars

Sunday, April 12 - Preconference seminars, CCHP exam, exhibit hall welcome reception

Monday, April 13 - Opening session, exhibit hall open, educational sessions

Tuesday, April 14 - Roundtable breakfast discussions, exhibit hall open, educational lunch,
                            educational sessions


  • List major health care issues that commonly affect incarcerated individuals, including diabetes, hepatitis, HIV, hypertension, mental illness, oral health and substance abuse

  • Describe current legal, ethical and administrative issues and ways to prevent potential problems that arise in correctional settings

  • Employ new practices for the treatment of major health care issues in order to better manage common medical, nursing, dental and mental health problems found in correctional settings

  • Express increased understanding of common correctional health care issues by exchanging ideas with colleagues about new developments in specialty areas

Continuing Education Credit

This meeting will offer up to 26.75 hours of continuing education credit, which includes preconference seminars. 

To receive continuing education credit, log in on-site or from your home or office after the conference to https://orders.ncchc.org/evaluations.aspx.

CCHPs: Certified Correctional Health Professionals may earn up to 26.75 contact hours of Category I continuing education for recertification.

Nurses: The National Commission on Correctional Health Care is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
NCCHC designates this educational activity for a maximum of 26.75 contact hours.

Physicians: The National Commission on Correctional Health Care is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. NCCHC designates this live activity for a maximum of 26.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Psychologists: The National Commission on Correctional Health Care is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NCCHC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This educational activity has been approved for up to 26.75 hours of credit.

Social Workers: NCCHC has applied for 26.75 credits from the National Association of Social Workers.

Attendee Feedback

This is what your peers said after Spring Conference 2014:

Networking with fellow correctional health care co-workers always provides me with ideas to take back home to enhance my professionalism and job!

I was very impressed with the entire set-up, the lectures, presentations and the warmth from all the people who were there. You were able to ask questions and receive quick responses. This Spring Conference will help me enhance my professional skills and knowledge. I plan to focus on daily operations, educate the staff more and have weekly sessions on each topic we reviewed at the conference. I think this will improve the quality of care for our clients and all of my professional providers.

This conference provided me with the opportunity to not only learn of the changes in the 2014 standards but to experience expert review of each standard. The education I received will be utilized in improving patient care and outcomes while maintaining accreditation.

I learned about 2014 standards for jails and health care's role in PREA. It will help me to educate others I supervise in the standards and in PREA as they make site visits to jails across the country to ensure they are following these standards.

This type of conference is a "one-of-a-kind!" Can't get a better stage for targeting our population and validating the important work we do to the underserved population!

I have been certified since the beginning. I encourage all of my staff to become certified. The conference is a great way for staff to obtain their CE as well as network with others in the field. – Inez Tann, RN, CCHP

I have learned to stay ahead of the trends in care. When I attend a conference, I bring back the latest guidelines and recommendations. Once implemented, we can be proactive rather than reactive in our patient care and infection control practices.

Understanding that my situation isn't unique and that you can learn problem solving through other agency’s trials.

I learned the distinct difference between being a leader and being a manager - and it's a huge one. Managing a health office is a very passive business. There are spreadsheets and meetings and a whole lot of avoidance of the actual hands-on nursing staff. Leading, by contrast, is a very active role and involves seeing to it that the staff has the equipment, capabilities, support and critical thinking skills necessary to deliver quality health care. – Jo Ann Medley, RN, CCHP-RN

This was the first NCCHC conference I attended. I am looking forward to attending future conferences. I was overwhelmed with the opportunities available to network with other correctional care nurses and administrators. I was able to learn about new standards in correctional health. I am currently revising and writing new policies and procedures for correctional health services. This conference was worth every penny spent. I would highly recommend this conference to my peers. – Jennifer Broadwater, RN, CCHP

I have recently taken on the task of chairing the quality assurance committee meeting. I found that there was information at each class I attended that will help me to chair a successful quality assurance committee. – Nancy Pieraccini, CCHP

The conference served as an opportunity for shared best practices as a presenter as well as an attendee.

The NCCHC conferences give me a chance to network and learn from other correctional health care staff from all over the country. This networking helps to renew and reaffirm my desire to provide quality health care to the individuals we serve. – Heather Fether, RN, CCHP

I learned about the 2014 jail standards and was able to develop a transition plan for our facility and team to transition from the 2008 to the 2014 standards. – Kenneth Nelson, RN, CCHP

Correctional health care education is very limited. Having the avenue to attend such a conference and get updated on the latest best practices and guidelines helps me become a better and more knowledgeable correctional inspector.

Got an idea of what my facility is lacking in and what it is ahead of. Where it can inprove and what are universal problems.

This was my first NCCHC conference and I was amazed by the wealth of information. It opened my eyes concerning the importance of proper medical and medical treatment to the inmate population. I better understand why we use the various processes when providing care to this population.

The preconference was so awesome. I learned so much about the new 2014 standards and clarified questions that I had. It also helped support changes I have been trying to implement at my jail site since I got there. Now, the standards support this improvement and the jail will make the changes. I enjoyed all the sessions. They were so helpful and informative and made me think creatively about how to improve quality of care and improve my leadership skills.

Understanding what we don't know is key to optimal performance. As a new acting SRN III/DON with the state prison system I felt very ignorant to many processes. One way of obtaining knowledge is by attending the NCCHC conferences. The conference not only provides expert lectures, the networking experience adds support to any practice.

I connected with other correctional nurses who share my passion for providing care consistent with professional nursing standards. – CJ Young, RN

Understanding the standards – looking at them with "different eyes" now. Also,a roundtable discussion I attended with Fulton County and their reentry program was so perfect for what I need to help implement MH changes in the community. I was so excited after that discussion!

Professionalism, competency and improving patient outcomes are essential to my role as a nurse manager. The NCCHC conference enlarged my knowledge base in all of these areas. In a challenging field that is not well understood by the medical field in general, it was gratifying to experience a conference completely designed to improve our career environments. I consider the NCCHC conferences a pleasure as I interact with other professionals who are as passionate about correctional health care as I am. NCCHC's commitment to what we do day in and day out is appreciated.

This was my first conference for corrections. It was refreshing to see other correctional professionals from different areas working toward the same goals. The information is presented well and it is information we need in our day-to-day operations.

Education on PREA was particularly important to me. I also enjoyed learning different approaches to managing problematic behaviors and conditions with offenders.

Learned the latest developments in communicable diseases and networking with the local community.

I learned to be more assertive in dealing with patients. Not to be persuaded by their personal demands or be blinded by attempts to please, but to be guided always by what is clinically best for their care. – Francis Kehinde Awosika, RN, MSN, ACNP-BC

In attending the NCCHC conference, I was able to learn a great deal about a variety of topics of particular interest to me and, perhaps more importantly, engage academically with colleagues in the field. To have met a group of people that are so invested in corrections as a career makes me feel less isolated and that I have a peer group with similar interests and challenges.

Excellent reminder of the need for systemic improvement. It reminded me that I have a lot of work to do in bringing my facility up to best practices. Also, it became clear to me that I should achieve a certification in correctional health care. I will begin that process immediately!

As a new correctional nurse, I found the on-the-job orientation and resources lacking. The information I received was incomplete so I did not feel comfortable in my position as charge nurse because I could not grasp the "big picture." I learned about NCCHC and immediately registered for the Spring Conference. This was the best investment I have made in my 30+ years as a health care provider! This conference provided everything I needed to help me become a more proficient correctional nurse. I now have a great resource base at NCCHC and other professionals I met at the conference. I plan to promote NCCHC to all my fellow employees. Thanks NCCHC, the picture is a lot clearer now!

Great to speak to other correctional nurses and administrators and see we share similar problems. Great info from sessions that I can share with my staff.

It gave me the opportunity to speak to other people who are experiencing the same challenges I am. Working in corrections is tough and being able to vent about our unique working environment and challenges was refreshing.

It helps to hear what other facilities are doing to resolve common problems. I learned that we all are striving to do a better job. The information presented will assist all of us to accomplish self-improvement and improvement of healthcare.

I learned that it is possible to be an effective medical provider within a correctional setting and maintain compassion and humanity. – Christine Bunnell, PA-C 


Experience the Big Easy Like Never Before

All events will take place at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70113. To receive the special conference rate of $189 (single or double), make your reservation by March 20. Call 888-421-1442, or reserve your room here ».

This beautiful AAA Four Diamond hotel features 1,193 strikingly sophisticated guestrooms with breathtaking city views. Enjoy award-winning cuisine at deliciously unique eateries — 8 Block Kitchen & Bar, Vitascope Hall, Borgne, Q Smokery & Cafe and Pizza Consegna. You'll also love the convenience of Starbucks™ and Lagniappe Exchange, the 24-hour fresh market and gift shop.

With a prime downtown location, you'll enjoy easy access to the Big Easy's most exciting attractions. Sit back and relax while sightseeing on the Loyola Avenue Streetcar, which passes directly in front of the hotel, or take a walk to the historic French Quarter and Mississippi Riverfront, located just one mile away.

ALERT: NCCHC has received reports that unauthorized companies may pose as the official housing vendors for the Spring Conference. These companies are not affiliated with NCCHC. For your own protection, please exercise caution when making hotel and travel arrangements with such entities. NCCHC only guarantees hotel room rate, availability, benefits and protection for reservations made through the Hyatt Regency. If you choose to book with an unauthorized vendor, please verify its credentials first and independently confirm that your reservations have been made and will be honored by directly contacting your chosen hotel.


Participation in NCCHC’s Certified Correctional Health Professional program is an investment in your future that will give you a professional edge. Certification recognizes the mastery of national standards and the knowledge expected of leaders in this complex, specialized field. The CCHP credential is a symbol of achievement and leadership, and is highly valued not only by participants but also by employers.

Learn more about CCHP now, including the specialty certifications for mental health and nursing, and advanced certification.  

The CCHP, CCHP-RN and CCHP-MH exams will be offered on Sunday, April 12, at 1 pm. Applications are due by March 6. View the CCHP calendar

The CCHP application and exam are NOT included in your conference registration; they are separate activities. To apply, visit www.NCCHC.org/CCHP.


Participate in the NCCHC Spring Conference on Correctional Health Care—one of the world’s largest gatherings of professionals and experts covering all aspects of correctional health care.

Attendees will come from all segments of the correctional health care community: administrators, medical and mental health directors, physicians, nurses, mental health professionals and more to share insights, find solutions and identify best practices.

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