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. This year, the award has two recipients.

Margaret Collatt, BSN, RN, CCHP-RN, CCHP-A

Margaret Collatt

For leadership, support and advocacy in improving health care services in correctional facilities

Now retired, Ms. Collatt worked in correctional health care for more than 30 years, 26 of them as a health services training specialist with the Oregon Department of Corrections. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated the unique combination of brains, heart and energy that make a great correctional nurse.

Ms. Collatt’s value was quickly recognized at the Oregon State Penitentiary, where in her first year of employment she was promoted from nurse manager to charge nurse to health services manager. In 1991 she accepted the training specialist position, in which she designed and implemented educational programs for health care professionals, conducted in-service trainings and advocated for NCCHC’s Certified Correctional Health Professional program.

She proctors two CCHP exams annually to make it as easy as possible for correctional health professionals from around Oregon to become certified. She has been a member of the CCHP board of trustees and chair of the CCHP-RN subcommittee. She is a CCHP-RN herself, as well as one of a small group of people to hold certification as a CCHP-Advanced. She is a also frequent volunteer at the CCHP booth at NCCHC conferences.

Her commitment to lifelong learning led her to pursue a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Oregon Health Services University -- and graduate with high honors -- when she was in her 40s.

Ms. Collatt  has presented at virtually every NCCHC conference since 1996 on a variety of nursing, administrative and professional development topics. She has been an NCCHC accreditation surveyor for nearly 20 years and is a longtime member of the education committee as well as the nurse advisory council.

She is also past chair of the Academy of Correctional Health Professionals, among many other activities.


Douglas A. Mack, MD, MPH

For leadership, support and advocacy in improving health care services in correctional facilities

The awards committee commended Dr. Mack for many years of extensive support and advocacy for improving health care services in correctional facilities. He spent more than 30 years as a county director of public health, most of those with the Kent County Health Department in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he was also chief medical examiner. Throughout his public health career, Dr. Mack has worked to make the community a better, safer and healthier place for all citizens, including the most disenfranchised. That included advocating for incarcerated individuals during and after their time behind bars.

He also has been extraordinarily committed to NCCHC. He joined the board of directors in 1987 and was a member for almost 30 years. He is the only person to have represented, in sequence, three different national organizations on the board of directors: the National Association of Counties, the National Association of County and City Health Officials and the American Association of Public Health Physicians. He also is the only person to have been selected by his peers to serve as NCCHC board chair twice. He has served on many NCCHC committees, including years of service on the accreditation, education and finance committees.

In 1994, Dr. Mack was one of three NCCHC board members to meet with David Satcher, who was then director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to explain why the CDC should be actively interested in correctional health care. By the end of the meeting, Dr. Satcher had committed to assigning a specialist to help coordinate the CDC’s involvement with corrections-related issues.

Dr. Mack served on several HIV/AIDS advisory groups and too many committees, task forces and associations to count. He also was a clinical professor at Michigan State University.